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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.


#12 Re: The enemy of my enemy...

by cknoll

Monday December 30th, 2002 11:04 AM

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If IBM or any other JVM developers want to have their JVMs sit in Mozilla, they just need to provide OJI capabilities in their JVM and it will work. I asked on an IBM developer board about the OJI compliance of the 1.3 JVMs but didn't get a response. If IBM wants to go ahead and do the exact same thing as Sun (meaning: use a lawsuit to have their JVM deployed with Windows) they can do that. It would probably be easier to collaborate and have IBM enhancements get folded into Sun's VM, or have Sun's Plugin-control panel allow downloading and switching to other vendor's JVMs. But, the judge's concern was with Sun's JVM because that's the only JVM that Sun argued about in the case.

-Chris