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Boston Globe: Sun Scores Microsoft Legal Win

Dec 24, 2002, 14:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lyle Denniston)

"US District Judge J. Frederick Motz of Baltimore granted Sun's request to require that an up-to-date version of its Java programming platform be distributed by Microsoft with its Windows XP--Microsoft's latest operating system--and its Internet Explorer browser software.

"Motz's order will take effect in 90 days. Exact terms remain to be worked out between Sun and Microsoft, under the judge's supervision if necessary. Microsoft said it would appeal the order, and would ask the US Circuit Court of Appeals to rule 'on an expedited basis...'

"The key difference in the two competing platforms is that Sun's Java can run on different operating systems, not just Microsoft's Windows, while Microsoft's .Net runs only on Windows. The difference means that software developers could write programs for Java that could be switched to other operating systems, such as Linux, thus potentially taking business away from Windows..."

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