"What are the new elements that can be expected by rival products if the Commission remedies are allowed?," Cooke asked.In an attempt to answer the question, the Commission showed a sample storage device with networking capabilities that was reportedly smaller, cheaper, and more efficiently implemented than one of Microsoft's products. Finally, Cooke and court president Bo Vesterdorf attempted to determine exactly how much information Microsoft should be required to divulge in order to make third-party software interoperable with Windows. A Microsoft lawyer added that the Commission was demanding "functional equivalence," which he said required the company to go "far beyond interoperability." The appeal trial is expected to continue until tomorrow, and a decision is expected in a year to 18 months.
Whelan replied: "You can imagine two scenarios..."
Cooke cut him off: "Let's not imagine for the moment."