Sun, Microsoft agree to postpone Win 98-Java hearing

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have agreed to postpone until September a late July court hearing on Sun's request to require Microsoft Windows 98 to be compatible with Sun's Java technology. In two motions filed in May, Sun asked the court to require that any copy of Windows 98 that has Sun's Java technology in it be shipped with a version that is compatible with Sun's own, and to bar Microsoft from shipping its Java programming tools unless they generate only fully compatible Java software.

Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have agreed to postpone until September a late July court hearing on Sun's request to require Microsoft Windows 98 to be compatible with Sun's Java technology, spokespersons for the two software companies said this week.

In agreement with the Northern Division of the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California, a initial hearing planned for July 31 has no been postponed until Sept. 4 in order to give both parties more time to prepare, the spokespersons said.

In two motions filed in May, Sun asked the court to require that any copy of Windows 98 that has Sun's Java technology in it be shipped with a version that is compatible with Sun's own. Sun also asked the court to bar Microsoft from shipping its software tools for the Java programming environment unless they generate only fully compatible Java software.

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