A federal appeals court on Monday gave
a temporary reprieve by staying a lower court order that would have forced the company to incorporate
version of Java in Windows.
The stay issued by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will be in force until the court rules on Microsoft's appeal of the original order.
Sun, which is suing Microsoft in federal court for $1 billion in damages, alleges that so-called anticompetitive acts by the giant software vendor gave an unfair advantage to Microsoft's .NET framework, the company's answer to Java and the Sun Open Network Environment.
We're pleased the Fourth Circuit has stayed the court order," said Jim Desler, a Microsoft spokesman. "We believed all along it was appropriate that this matter be decided by the circuit court before we move forward with implementing the injunction."