The US government has attacked Microsoft's request to delay some of the penalties it was hit with last week after being defeated in its long-running antitrust battle.
Last week Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft should be split in two - an applications company and an operating systems vendor. He also imposed a number of immediate restrictions on Microsoft, designed to prevent what the court ruled were predatory monopoly practices.
Microsoft immediately requested a stay on the imposition of the restrictions while it prepares an appeal against the ruling. However, in a document filed late yesterday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) criticised the appeal, and asked Judge Jackson to deny the request and hold back ruling on it until Microsoft files its expected appeal.
The Redmond giant has four months to draw up plans for its separation and 90 days to detail how it will meet the immediate business restrictions.
The restrictions include changes to the way in which Microsoft does business with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). One of the changes would result in Microsoft having to allow OEMs to make changes to certain aspects of Windows, something it has previously had strict control over.
"The deficiencies of even the limited showing Microsoft has attempted in its motion reveal the absence of any basis for granting a stay," said the DoJ in its filing.
Lawyers representing Microsoft were yesterday reported to be "baffled" by the filing, saying it would delay the whole process.
Microsoft has been given until tomorrow to respond to the document.
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