As expected, Microsoft Corporation has appealed a temporary injunction levied against it in its Java lawsuit with Sun Microsystems. In the appeal, Microsoft argues that the injunction--which requires the company to stop distributing products with its version of Java--was made "in error."

"Microsoft believes that the district court made several errors that should be reversed by the court of appeals," said Tom Burt, associate general counsel at Microsoft. "This lawsuit is about the contract between two companies. We believe the court's preliminary injunction ruling was based on an erroneous analysis of the contract."

The District Court will meet Friday to determine whether Microsoft be given an extension to the imposed 90-day deadline for removing its Java