"The software wars continue, more dramatically than ever. Sun
Microsystems is in the thick of it, but up to now, not to its
advantage. It hasn't been able to turn off the tap of red ink. But
Sun President Jonathan Schwartz remains a consummate optimist, as
he showed in a detailed e-mail in response to my June 9 column,
'Surprised by the Microsoft-SAP Talks?'
"The column dealt with how software is becoming the indisputable
center of the IT industry, and thus a more dynamic arena of
competition, acquisition, and contention. I explained that Schwartz
(along with Microsoft Chief Software Architect Bill Gates) had
recently said we were approaching a time when hardware essentially
would be free..."
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