A verdict in Microsoft's antitrust lawsuit in the US is unlikely to be delivered today and reports say the software giant's settlement offer has been rejected.
Reports on Friday said Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson would deliver his verdict in the long-running trial later today. The move prompted Microsoft to fax a settlement offer to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and 19 states that have accused it of abusing its Windows monopoly.
Although no one is talking officially, sources said the DoJ and its co-prosecutors have found Microsoft's settlement offer unacceptable.
It appears that the prosecutors do not believe that the software giant will change its ways without legal enforcement, even though Microsoft has offered some major concessions.
Sources said that Microsoft would open up its secret Windows source code in a 14-page proposal. The software giant would also would remove its internet browser in some versions of the operating system, according to sources.
Prosecutors said they have nothing to gain by settling because it is likely that Judge Jackson will find in their favour when he eventually delivers his verdict.
After the ruling, the timing of which is still unclear, Judge Jackson will reconvene the court to spell out what he thinks should be the penalties imposed on Microsoft.
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