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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.


#6 Re: toss up

by jeti

Tuesday December 24th, 2002 1:04 AM

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> All this judgement does is give Java programmers a new lease on life. Is that so bad? I just would like the Java language to improve. And this takes pressure from Sun to do so. If Java would perform well enough on the desktop, there would be a number of large applications that would bundle a JRE. The fact that I'm not aware of such applications says more about the quality of Java than about the market dominance of MS. When Java was hyped, I heard about quite a few well known applications being ported to it. All those ports were silently cancelled. And no, you can't blame it entirely on the evil work of MS.