Users won?t be affected by last week?s court ruling that Microsoft has to make changes to some of its most popular software products, the company claims.
?We want our customers to know that the ruling has no impact on the Microsoft products they are using now, and will not cause any delay in our ability to deliver Windows 98 and other products to the marketplace,? said Jeff Raikes, Microsoft?s senior vice president for sales and support, in a statement issued by the company.
On Tuesday last week, district court judge Ronald Whyte granted a preliminary order banning Microsoft from selling any software that uses Java technology, unless it agreed to modify the software to comply with Sun?s compatibility tests.
Microsoft said it will comply with the order by adding support for Sun?s Java Native Interface, part of the inner workings of Java that most users never see, as well as making changes to its Java programming tools.
?Microsoft will comply with the court?s order and we are working hard to prevent any impact to developers or our customers,? Raikes said.
Microsoft has 90 days to comply with the order, which doesn?t affect existing users of Windows 98 or other products, and said it will ensure it has compliant stock available to its channels within the allocated timeframe.
Microsoft also has to modify its VJ++ 6.0 developer tool, making Sun?s Java version the default, so that developers must choose to turn on the Microsoft enhancements, at which time a warning will appear that any applications so written may only run on Windows.
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