Judge Orders Microsoft to Include Sun Java in Windows

Monday December 23rd, 2002

US District Judge J Frederick Motz has issued a preliminary injunction forcing Microsoft to carry Sun Microsystem's Java Runtime Environment in its .NET-enabled products, such as Windows and Internet Explorer. In a three-day hearing, Sun successfully argued that Microsoft attempted to marginalise Java by shipping an incompatible version of the language with Windows. The order — which will remain in effect until Sun's private antitrust case against Microsoft is settled — is designed to prevent the market from tipping in favour of Microsoft's .NET technology in the near future. The judge fears that should this occur during the duration of the trial, Sun may never again be able to regain its current competitive position. Microsoft plans to appeal.

Slashdot has links to several articles about the decision. You may be interested to hear that Judge Motz is also presiding over Netscape's private antitrust suit against Microsoft.

#10 Netscape is next

by bandido

Tuesday December 24th, 2002 6:26 AM

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I wonder if AOL will be able to pursue the same route with Netscape's distribution. After all, the evidence about how IE bundling with the operating system with the intent of overtaking Netscape was proven (with MS own documents and emails). People might argue that Opera woild be left out. Well, Opera has to make their own case in court if they want a piece of the pie (they didn't take part in monopoly proceedings).

Regarding Java, having a fully Java standards compliant VM distributed with OS will benefit all other fully Java compliant VM because developers can concentrate on developing for the standard, not for MS crippled version. Linux and other OS will also benefit as long as they use standard Java VM (from whoever).