Judge grants Microsoft extra time on Java

A federal judge has granted Microsoft Corp. more time to bring hundreds of products into compliance with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language, a Microsoft spokesman said yesterday.

A federal judge has granted Microsoft Corp. more time to bring hundreds of products into compliance with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language, a Microsoft spokesman said yesterday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who is presiding over Sun's lawsuit, means that Microsoft will not have to be in compliance with Whyte's order by Feb. 15, the date set in his preliminary injunction.

"There are literally thousands of Microsoft products that were impacted, and they had to be changed, tested, and put back in the channel," Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said. "That all was supposed to be done in 90 days originally."

The extensions granted by Whyte are from 30 to 180 days, depending on the product bundle. Many of the affected products are sold in multiple languages, Cullinan said.

Even though Microsoft is working to comply with Whyte's decision, issued last November, the company has appealed the decision. Sun's lawsuit charges that Microsoft violated the terms of its Java licensing agreement and using its market muscle to undermine the programming language.

Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at http://www.microsoft.com/. Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at http://www.sun.com/.

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