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Windows 98, Antitrust Suits on Hold

In dramatic last-minute settlement talks with the U.S. Department of Justice today, Microsoft Corp. has reportedly stalled shipment of Windows 98 until Monday, and antitrust lawsuits expected to be filed against the software giant by up to 20 states are also on hold.

According to a breaking news report on CNBC this hour, the Department of Justice released a one-page press announcement indicating that settlement talks were ongoing and that shipment of Windows 98 would be pushed forward.

The news follows the cancellation of a press conference scheduled for earlier today in which state attorneys general were expected to file a 50-page suit in U.S. District Court.

The Justice Department and states have charged that Microsoft employs unfair monopoly practices in the software market, most notably in the Internet browser arena.

CNBC also reported that the settlement talks are scheduled to continue when Microsoft lawyers fly to Washington, DC from the company's Redmond, WA headquarters tomorrow.

It appears the state attorneys general have now left the Department of Justice in anticipation of those talks, and no further public statements are expected until discussions resume.