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Internet Week: Settlement Makes Java Just Another Language

Jan 26, 2001, 16:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

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"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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