The U.S. Department of Justice will meet with several state attorneys generals next week to discuss their respective investigations of Microsoft. Each is attempting to prove that Microsoft uses its monopoly power in computer operating systems to win marketshare for Internet Explorer, a Web browser. Currently, the DOJ is focusing on the bundling of IE with Windows 95, but 11 states requested information earlier this year about how Microsoft planned to market Windows 98.
The government's case is due to be continued on April 21, when a Court of Appeals panel will determine the legality of the preliminary injunction that was granted against Microsoft in December. In the injunction, issued by Judge Thomas Jackson, Microsoft was prohibited from forcing hardware vendors to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows 95