The nine states that did not join the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in settling the antitrust case with Microsoft plan to propose a set of remedies to the federal judge overseeing the case today.

Attorneys general from these states are planning to hold a press conference later today to discuss the proposed remedies, sources claim. The proposal must be filed with District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly (pictured) by 4:30pm (eastern time) on Friday, they said.

While press reports have described several different remedies under consideration, it appears that the states' proposal is still in flux. The discussion among the states regarding remedies is ongoing, said one source. Another said that the states have requested input from industry experts regarding the proposal, which could alter the draft remedies that have already been crafted.

New remedy According to reports, lawyers representing attorneys general from the nine holdout states - California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Utah, plus the District of Columbia - met on Wednesday to hammer out a remedy proposal that includes tougher enforcement sanctions and closes a number of what these states consider loopholes in the DOJ's settlement agreement with Microsoft, which nine other states did agree to last month.

This remedy proposal would force Microsoft to offer both computer makers and consumers the option of buying Windows without bundled applications, such as a browser or media player, according to an article in the New York Times.

According to a Reuters report, demanding a cheaper, stripped-down version of Windows is one of the possibilities the nine states are considering. Also under consideration is a requirement that Microsoft must include support for Sun Microsystems' Java programming language in Windows XP, the report said.

Microsoft will respond to the states' Friday filing by December 12.