Stories by Elizabeth Heichler and Marc Ferranti

COMDEX: Developers Favour Ruling on MS Java

Two days after a judge ordered Microsoft to make changes to its Java-related products so that they comply with Sun Microsystems' compatibility tests, some software developers reacted with satisfaction, while one Microsoft rival offered to "help" its competitor.
On Wednesday, Microsoft released a statement saying it would comply with the order, and that it has 90 days to do so by supporting Sun's Java Native Interface (JNI) in the Microsoft Java virtual machine and turning off by default certain Microsoft-specific keywords in its development tools.
"Hoo-ha!" exulted Tim Jones, vice president of Enhanced Software Technologies. "I think that if Microsoft wants to play ball, it needs to play ball by the rules."

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