Microsoft has been given an extension to respond to the European Commission's report on allegedly anti-competitive business practices.
European Competition Commissioner, Mario Monti, said on Wednesday that the company had been granted a "short extension" to reply to the EC's statement of objections.
The orginal deadline had been inked for some time this month.
Earlier in the week, the EC report was leaked to the press, sparking speculation that Microsoft may face a heavy fine for allegedly anti-competitive behaviour in its Windows XP product.
Microsoft will present its defence at an oral hearing in the near future.
The Redmond giant also reached an incremental deadline today with its federal adversaries in the US antitrust case.
Microsoft was ordered to reach a settlement with the US Department of Justice by the end of today. Failing that, the two factions are to have decided on a mediator to help steer the case towards a settlement.
Although neither side has commented on the status of the talks under way, the two will meet with Judge Kollar-Kotelly to update the court on the settlement efforts.
If no settlement is reached and no mediator put forward, the court will appoint one.
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court said it had rejected Microsoft's request for a review, meaning that the company is now running out of appeal options.
If there is still no settlement by November, Kollar-Kotelly will take the case back to a trial and decide on a solution.
But then, Microsoft could try again for an appeal.
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