Sun wants Microsoft barred from using Java logo

Sun Microsystems has sought a court order to bar Microsoft from using Sun's Java Compatible logo with its Internet Explorer 4.0 browser. Sun claims that the technology has been 'improperly modified by Microsoft and fails to pass Sun's compatibility tests', a fact it said had been confirmed by two independent technical experts. In a not-unrelated move, Netscape Corporation has dropped the java logo from its own browsers, which do not comply with Sun's JDK 1.1.

Sun Microsystems has sought a court order to bar Microsoft from using Sun's Java Compatible logo with its Internet Explorer 4.0 browser.

Sun made the request of the US. District Court in San Jose, California where it last month filed suit against Microsoft for a range of issues related to Microsoft's licensing and implementation of its Java technology. Chiefly, Sun claims that the technology has been "improperly modified by Microsoft and fails to pass Sun's compatibility tests," according to a statement.

"With this motion today we are making a simple demand: because these Microsoft products do not pass Sun's compatability tests and are not compatible with Sun's published standards for the Java technology -- Microsoft must be stopped from using the Java Compatible Logo to deceive the marketplace," Morris said in a statement released today.

Sun also said that two independent technical experts have confirmed that IE 4.0 fails the Sun Java compatibility test suite.

Netscape Corporation this week withdrew the Java logo from its 4.x browsers, because they did not comply with Sun's JDK 1.1 and would not do so until the release of version 5.0 next year.

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