Microsoft faces being hit by additional penalties if it loses its antitrust battle with the US Department of Justice.
"Depending on the nature and scope of the violations determined by the court at trial, plaintiffs will seek such additional permanent relief as is necessary to restore competitive conditions and to prevent Microsoft from committing similar violations in the future," the DoJ said in a 10-page filing with the court.
The danger for the Doj is that it could win the battle and lose the war, as any sanctions applied to Microsoft in respect of its actions against Netscape could come in too late to have any effect in a fast-moving IT marketplace.
The DoJ is therefore looking to extend the scope of any relief granted against Microsoft, and asked the court to consider conducting additional hearings, following on from the trial, which is scheduled to begin on 15 October.
Ironically, the one thing both sides can agree on is that date is too soon, with both the Redmond-based company and the DoJ asking for a four day delay, although this is unlikely to find favour with trial judge Thomas Jackson.
Microsoft has also hit back at critics of its pricing policy, claiming prices of its software packages have fallen faster than those of its rivals.
In a posting on its Website, Microsoft quotes research from Metro Computing, an independent market research group, which shows that "street prices" of Microsoft Word and Excel fell faster than those of rival packages.
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