"The settlement of Sun's lawsuit against Microsoft over Java
this week ends any hope that the programming language will act as a
platform allowing software to be written once and run anywhere, as
Sun chairman Scott McNealy once envisioned."
"In addition to Microsoft's paying Sun $20 million, the parties
agreed that Microsoft's Java license will terminate and that
Microsoft won't use the Java trademark in any new products.
Microsoft can sell existing products using older Java
versions--Microsoft calls its version of Java "J++"--but agreed not
to modify the software beyond bug fixes."
"Java will likely have a strong future, but as a Sun-controlled
platform used mainly on Sun's own servers, with third-party tools
enabling it to run on other vendors' systems, analysts said. But
Java will be just another computer language, like C or Visual
Basic. It will have nowhere near the ubiquity and revolutionary
effect that Sun envisioned when it released the software..."
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