As Computer Weekly went to press, the software giant was expected to announce its own proposals, believed to include separating the Internet Explorer Web browser from the operating system. In the past, Microsoft maintained that the browser was an integral part of the Windows operating system.
Bill Gates said that the US Department of Justice was hostile towards Microsoft's efforts to make products work well together. He suggested that any split in the company would prevent updates to Windows and Office technologies that could protect against attacks such as the Love Bug virus.
In another move designed to counter criticism over past anti-competitive behaviour, Microsoft appointed former Apple veteran Linda Stone to the newly created post of vice president of corporate and industry initiatives.