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As we suggested almost two weeks ago, the route Microsoft has taken so far to gain compliance with Sun's preliminary injunction may not be enough. On Friday Microsoft asked the San Jose District Court to extend the time it has to modify its software to 120 days. In announcing its latest version of Java Microsoft referred to it as being "in compliance with the recent ruling in the San Jose Federal District Court." We had some doubts (Earlier story). The company currently has 90 days from 18 November to become compliant, and is appealing the court's ruling anyway. But if it wants more time to achieve compliance, then obviously Microsoft has its doubts too. It's currently giving developers the option to stick with its code or go with Sun's, which it is now also shipping. But in asking for the extension it's also asked for clarification of the injunction to allow it to distribute "independently developed" technology. So Microsoft too thinks there is a possibility that the injunction does not in fact allow it to do so. If it doesn't, then the company must currently be in breach of the injunction. Sun is meanwhile sticking to its version of the contracts, insisting that Microsoft's software should pass Sun's compatibility tests before it is shipped. Presumably what Microsoft is currently shipping won't, and if the judge agrees with Sun, then Microsoft is going to have to have another go at compliance. ® Complete Register trial coverage

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