Contrary to reports that Microsoft is ready to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to avoid a possible future break-up, Microsoft says that it has no active plans to settle. And the company says that any comparisons of its antitrust case and the recently settled Intel antitrust case are pointless.

"We view our situation as our situation," says Microsoft COO Bob Herbold. "We are going to do what's right for our consumers, and I don't believe you should think it affects our basic thinking."

But don't rule out a last minute deal. Microsoft was able to finagle a weak consent decree out of the FTC in 1995, just days before Windows 95 hit the streets. And Herbold says Microsoft isn't opposed to talking to the DOJ, just that they haven't done so recently.

"We're on the side of the angels," he adds