One week after a settlement was reached in the antitrust case between the US government and Microsoft, the judge has announced how the case will proceed now it is splintered into two tracks.

The first track is for the US states’ continuing litigation, while the second resolves the dispute between the government and Microsoft.

In a filing submitted last Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, US district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered that the US government has until November 15 to file a proposed final judgement.

A 60-day public comment period will open after the proposed judgment is published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News. In order to ensure broad public exposure, the notices will appear in those publications seven times in two weeks, and the public can submit written comments to an official in the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, the order said.

After the public comment period ends, the court will hold a status conference addressing whether there's a need to hold a hearing on the proposed final judgment.

Meanwhile, the states that have decided to continue their battle against the software giant will inform the relevant courts no later than November 9, and then filing a joint status report addressing remaining concerns in the case. After receipt of the report, Kollar-Kotelly said, she will set a status conference in anticipation of making a remedial judgment.

The states have until February 22 to file motions.