"The nine states that refused to sign onto a settlement
agreement between Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT)
and the U.S. Department of Justice in November, Friday asked the
federal judge overseeing the case for several stiff sanctions
against the company.
In a filing, the states attorneys general asked Judge Colleen
Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of
Columbia to force Microsoft to offer a version of the Windows
operating system without middleware products like the Internet
Explorer browser and Windows Media Player, and also asked the judge
to require Microsoft to allow open-source licensing of the IE
Additionally, the states want to require Microsoft to include
Sun Microsystems' Java in Windows and make its Office suite of
applications available for licensing to third parties, like Apple
Computer -- which already licenses the software -- or vendors which
could port the applications suite to Linux."