“Nine states seeking stiff antitrust sanctions against Microsoft showed the judge on Wednesday a commercial version of the Windows operating system that already has removable features — similar to one of their key demands. Microsoft has said requiring a version of Windows that can be customized by computer makers and rival software companies would fragment the operating system, cripple Microsoft, harm consumers and hurt the entire computer industry.” Read the story at Reuters.Our Take: Where this silliness of the nine States will finally go? The states showed the judge… WindowsXP Embedded. While XP Embedded shares a similar product name and some low level code (kernel/VM/HAL) from its desktop cousin, it is a specialized embedded operating system and it does not play with the same rules, code or product goals as its desktop OS counterpart. It is like saying to QNX: “Sure you can remove Photon from QNX RtP. I saw a version of QNX that did not have the graphical Photon shell, running on the spaceshuttle Columbia. It can be done!” Sure it can, but what’s left? And what are the implications if doing so? What the States forget is that these are different markets, different goals, even different code we are talking about. WinXP Embedded is not even binary compatible with the retail WindowsXP. I have already stated my opinions on the subject here and here today.