Though Microsoft Corporation is preparing daily for its September 23rd showdown with the U.S. Department of Justice, the company makes no secret of the fact that it is really hoping for a dismissal of the case. The suit against Microsoft, which was filed by the DOJ and 20 U.S. states earlier this year, alleges that the software behemoth uses its operating system monopoly to unlawfully push other of its software into new markets. But the DOJ's case was perhaps fatally damaged earlier this summer when the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Internet Explorer could lawfully be bundled with Windows and called an integrated product. The issue of integration is at the heart of the DOJ's case.

In the meantime, deposition of key Microsoft executives, including CEO Bill Gates, will begin next week. Gates is expected to testify for two days