Judge Orders Microsoft to Ship Java

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-01-20

The judge in the Sun Microsystems Inc. versus Microsoft Corp. antitrust case has given Microsoft 120 days to comply with his order to make Java available with Windows.

In a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz made a series of decisions key to the case, including giving Microsoft four months to comply with his "must-carry" order regarding Java and Windows XP.

However, citing Microsofts plans to appeal the ruling, Motz placed a two-week stay on the order to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to review Microsofts request for a stay pending appeal.

Although Motz has not yet issued a final order, Microsoft, based on issues covered in court, will be required to provide a Sun-compatible Java run-time with Windows XP but not with older versions of the operating system.

A spokeswoman for Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., said the judge asked Suns attorneys to submit a proposed order this week reflecting all the issues covered in the hearing. Motz will issue a final order this week.

Following the issuance of a final order on the preliminary injunction this week, the two-week stay will begin—after which Microsoft will have to comply with the order pending a stay by the appellate court.

In last weeks hearing, Motz showed that he saw things more Suns way than Microsofts, shooting down the Redmond, Wash., software companys request for six months to comply with the order, as opposed to four.

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