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    Judge: Microsoft to Add Java in 120 Days

    By BRIAN WITTE
    Associated Press Writer

    Microsoft Corp. will have 120 days to release a version of Sun Microsystems' Java programming language for Windows after a federal judge issues his formal order against the software giant.
    U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz set that schedule Wednesday during a lengthy hearing with lawyers from both companies. Sun had sought a 90-day period, while Microsoft wanted a three-phase approach that would have extended over 180 days.

    "I want to provide the incentive to get this done," Motz said. He said Microsoft could request additional time for its Java work later, with a good reason.

    Motz also said he would grant a two-week stay after he issues the order, to give the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a chance to hear Microsoft's expected appeal.

    Microsoft will have to release a version of Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Java. That Windows version contains Microsoft's .Net initiative, which was developed as an alternative to Java.

    "We're not going to be happy with any order and, of course, that's why we'll be going up to the court of appeals," Microsoft lawyer David Tulchin said.

    Motz asked the two sides to continue working toward an agreement and to submit proposals on Monday, the day he said he'd like to issue his order.

    Motz also rescinded two orders he made last week to dismiss two of Sun's claims in its lawsuit against Microsoft. The judge said he'd misunderstood what issues those orders concerned.

    Earlier Wednesday, Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said Sun's proposal was "ambiguous, overly broad and would really mandate an unreasonable timetable."

    Java is designed to let programmers write software to run on all types of computers, whether they use Windows, Apple's Mac OS or some other operating system. Users may run into Java without knowing it when they visit Web sites that feature games or other applications.

    Sun argues in its lawsuit that Microsoft has gained an unfair advantage by shipping Windows - used by more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers - with an outdated version of Java that's inconsistent for its users.

    Sun also wants Microsoft to notify customers of the latest Java through all Microsoft update services for Windows and the company's Web browser, Internet Explorer.

    Sun claims Microsoft has been exaggerating the effect of Sun's proposed order.

    Microsoft has said it plans to appeal Motz's order once it is filed.

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    Isn't it nice to see the big loose? :D


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    I would have rather seen them loose the anti-trust case.

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