Get ready to go to court, a federal judge told Microsoft on Friday.

Asked to wait at least seven months before making his first ruling in the dramatic antitrust case filed against the world's most powerful software company, a federal judge instead put things on the fast track.U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson set a Sept. 8 trial date that is much earlier than the softwaremaker wanted.

"With the greatest respect for your honor, that isn't enough time for us," Microsoft attorney John Warden told the judge.

"I tend to believe it is," replied Jackson.