Microsoft Ordered to Ship Sun Java in 120 Days

Following disagreements over a preliminary injunction issued in late December ordering Microsoft to ship Windows with Sun Microsystem's Java, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz called lawyers for both sides to a special hearing Wednesday and told Microsoft it had four months to comply with his ruling. "I can't sit here hearing after hearing," Motz said. "I want this done in 120 days."

Sun told the court Microsoft wanted to take a year to start shipping Sun's latest Java revision. Microsoft dropped Java support in Windows XP, citing previous litigation from Sun, and made available an outdated Java release via Windows Update. Sun claims the move was intended to sabotage Java so Microsoft's .NET would become the dominate platform on the Internet.

Microsoft is expected to appeal the ruling. "We intend to appeal and we'll ask the Court of Appeals to hear it on an expedited basis," Microsoft said in December after the injunction was handed down.

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