That puts Windows 7 in the crosshairs, a fact the plaintiffs acknowledged in January when they said their three-member panel of computer experts would test Windows 7 "more thoroughly" than earlier versions. The experts have had their hands on Windows 7 for at least a full year.
But the regulators denied that they had asked Kollar-Kotelly for the extension to May 2011 in order to keep a watch on Windows 7. "Plaintiffs would like to emphasize that it is not the upcoming release of Windows 7 or the new technical documentation covering Windows 7 that led Plaintiffs to conclude that an extension of the Final Judgments was necessary," they said in a footnote in the documents filed Thursday.
Instead, the DOJ and the states cited the need for time to review Microsoft's complete documentation, which isn't slated for final delivery until June 30.
"Even if there were no pending release of Windows 7, Plaintiffs would recommend the same extension to the Final Judgments," the regulators said. "With that said, however, the TC will certainly review the current version of technical documentation, which includes information on all Windows Operating System Products up to Windows 7."