this court ruling sucks - the judge says he is making free enterprize free, but he is realling using the government force to make microsoft do what sun tells it to do Microsoft must include Java, federal judge says Associated Press Dec. 24, 2002 BALTIMORE - Microsoft must include rival Sun Microsystems' Java programming language in its Windows operating system, a federal judge ruled Monday. The injunction is in force while Sun pursues its antitrust case against Microsoft, one of four private lawsuits that followed a federal judge's ruling in the government's case against the software giant. Sun had argued that Microsoft has gained an unfair advantage by shipping Windows, which is used by more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers, with an outdated version of Java that is inconsistent for users. "In the final analysis, the public interest in this case rests in assuring that free enterprise be genuinely free, untainted by the effects of antitrust violations," U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz said in his ruling. Java is designed to let programmers write software to run on all types of computers. Users may run into Java without knowing it when they visit Web sites that feature games or other applications. Software developers are turning to Microsoft's .NET platform instead of gambling on Microsoft's spotty distribution of Java, Sun attorneys told Motz during the hearing. In asking for the injunction, Sun said that if it waited until its $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft was settled, it would be too far behind to compete. In the antitrust lawsuit, Sun accuses Microsoft of intentionally creating incompatibilities with competitors' products.