The US Justice Department (DOJ) and 18 states have pushed for a federal judge to begin antitrust hearings against Microsoft on 4 February.
The DOJ also asked the court to request proposed remedies from each side by 9 November.
In contrast, Microsoft said it believes "it is premature to attempt to establish a schedule for discovery and other procedures leading up to a remedy hearing until the trial court has determined what types of relief can be considered in light of the Court of Appeals' decision."
Which effectively means that if Microsoft gets its way, the hearing would not begin well before the second half of next year.
The Justice Department, 18 states and Microsoft filed a joint status report on Thursday with US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, at her request.
Under the government's proposed schedule, both parties will submit proposed final judgements to the judge no more than 30 days after Kollar-Kotelly issues a scheduling and discovery order, or by 9 November, whichever is the later.
"Microsoft believes that such time limits are not appropriate and that the parties should present the direct testimony of their witnesses live in Court," a Microsoft brief states.
Both the Justice Department and Microsoft told the judge they are discussing a settlement, but neither side wants the court to appoint a mediator to oversee the talks. Yet lawyers close to the talks have said there has been no significant progress.
Earlier this month, the government also decided not to seek a preliminary injunction delaying Microsoft's scheduled 25 October launch of its new operating system, Windows XP.
Many antitrust supporters consider the timeframe most likely means that Windows XP "gets a free ride".
In the meantime, Microsoft is still appealing the case to the Supreme Court. The justices are expected to decide in the next few weeks whether to take the case.
A hearing is planned for 28 September.
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