Gates repeats threat to pull Windows

Microsoft will withdraw Windows from the market if forced to produce a stripped down version of the operating system, chairman...

Microsoft will withdraw Windows from the market if forced to produce a stripped down version of the operating system, chairman Bill Gates has reiterated in court.

Gates compared the removal of seemingly modular, arbitrary parts of the system to removing a human heart as his company continues to fight remedies to anti-trust rulings sought by nine states that have refused to sign the Bush administration's proposed settlement of the case.

In US District Court, states' attorney Steven Kuney repeatedly questioned Gates as to whether he would make some effort to comply with the remedy before taking such a "drastic step" to pull Windows from the market. "I don't see how we could comply," said Gates.

Instead, Gates said, the company "would come back to every court that would listen to us".

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