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Microsoft Gets Week to Review States' Remedies

A U.S. District Court judge Friday granted Microsoft Corp.'s March 5th motion to delay the beginning of hearings on sanctions against the company in the ongoing antitrust case pursued by nine states who rejected the U.S. Department of Justice's settlement with the software titan.

On March 5, Microsoft requested a two-week postponement of the hearings -- originally scheduled to begin next week -- arguing that it needed more time to review changes to the remedy proposal originally advanced by the nine states. The states submitted a revised proposal on March 4.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly Friday granted Microsoft a one-week delay, noting of the revised proposal, "There are some significant changes."

The states modified their remedy proposal in reaction to criticism that it would create confusion in the computer industry by seemingly requiring the company to sell multiple versions of its Windows operating system. The states' revision would require the company to sell one "modular" version of the operating system. That modular version would not include browsers, media players or instant messengers.