Judge Orders Microsoft to Comply with Sun

A federal judge has given Microsoft 90 days to modify its Windows 98 software or pull it off the market, in response to a lawsuit filed by Sun Microsystems over Microsoft's use of Java.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte said Sun was "likely to prevail on the merits" of the lawsuit and issued a preliminary injunction barring the sale of any Microsoft products that use Java -- including Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 4.0 -- beginning in 90 days, unless Microsoft modifies the software to comply with Sun's Java standard. Software that's already been shipped will not be affected by the order.

A Microsoft spokesman, though claiming Microsoft had a better Java implementation than Sun, said Microsoft would comply with the judge's ruling.

--D. Callaghan