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Microsoft will have to wait another 36 hours before finding out whether its application to join the influential London Internet Exchange (LINX) has been successful or not.

A decision about M$' application was due to be announced on Friday. However, a last-minute request for information delayed the decision.

The decision will now be made public on Tuesday night.

Documents seen by The Register suggested that some of LINX's 109 members doubted M$' intentions to join LINX, although none questioned its technical credentials.

A spokeswoman for LINX denied that there was anything sinister behind the delay and that M$' application to join LINX was in jeopardy.

She said the delay was "absolutely normal practice" and that it had happened to half of those ISPs who had joined LINX.

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