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Microsoft Java deadline starts 4 February

Microsoft's 120-day deadline to distribute Sun Microsystems' version of Java with its products will now begin on 4 February.

Microsoft's 120-day deadline to distribute Sun Microsystems' version of Java with its products will now begin on 4 February.

Last week US judge Frederick Motz ordered Microsoft to distribute Java with all versions of Windows XP and with all Web browsers that include .net functionality.

Motz also agreed with Microsoft's suggestion of offering as a download Sun's Java runtime environment (JRE) as a recommended update within 30 days of Sun giving Microsoft an updated copy of its version of Java.

Motz's latest order incorporated suggestions from both Sun and Microsoft on how to comply with his December ruling requiring Microsoft to carry Sun's version of Java in its products. Sun had asked Motz to set a deadline of 90 days, and Microsoft had asked for up to 180 days to comply.

Motz ruled Microsoft would have 120 days to comply. The two sides argued in court last Wednesday over the details of the "must-carry" Java order, but they delivered an agreement to Motz on Monday. Sun had requested the preliminary injunction as part of its multimillion-dollar private antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Motz's order also required Sun to provide a $25m security for payment of Microsoft's costs and damages if his order is overturned. Sun had asked for $15m, and Microsoft had originally asked for $125m.

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