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Microsoft acts on settlement before court acceptance

Microsoft will carry out part of its antitrust settlement with the US Department of Justice and nine states even as a US federal judge decides whether to accept the settlement or impose stronger terms.

"Microsoft has agreed to implement certain provisions of the settlement agreement while the court process is pending," the company said in a statement on Sunday (4 Aug).

Microsoft has scheduled a conference call for today to detail the actions it has taken and discuss its next step. On the line will be Brad Smith, general counsel and Charlie DeJong, director of business development for the Windows Platform Group.

Microsoft has already acted on last year's settlement. For example, Service Pack 3 for Windows 2000, released to some customers last week, allows users to choose the middleware programs - such as the Web browser and media player - they want to use.

Service Pack 1 for Windows XP, slated for release this month, will offer similar features, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft reached the settlement with the US Department of Justice and nine of the 18 state attorney generals suing it in a landmark antitrust case. The nine non-settling states are pursuing tougher remedies against Microsoft.

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