The judge overseeing the software giant's appeal of a European Commission ruling has summoned both parties to appear at an "informal hearing" on Thursday. Bo Vesterdorf, president of Europe's Court of First Instance, has spent the past weeks deliberating whether to allow Microsoft to delay various changes to its business practices pending the appeal.
According to a source, the judge appears to be interested in learning more about awith Novell and a trade group that caused both to withdraw their participation in the EU case. A Microsoft representative did not immediately have a comment on the new hearing.
In March, the European Commissionon Microsoft of roughly $650 million (497 million euros). The Commission also ordered Microsoft to offer a version of Windows without a bundled media player and to share more technical information with server rivals.
Microsoft hasbut has asked that the rest of the penalty be suspended pending its appeal. The European Commission has enforcing its decree while Microsoft appeals to the Court of First Instance.