PracticeAccounting FirmsSun takes on Microsoft in antitrust case

Sun takes on Microsoft in antitrust case

Sun Microsystem's anti-trust court case against Microsoft opened Wednesday.

Link: Second US state fights Microsoft ruling

According to the Washington Post, Sun has asked a federal judge in Baltimore to temporarily force Microsoft to include Sun’s Java software code in all copies of Windows, because its suit for antitrust damages could take years to resolve.

Sun claims that Microsoft wants to control portable devices, just as it does personal computers. Microsoft’s new .Net enables a variety of Internet-based interactions and is designed to compete with Sun’s Java.

Sun wants to stop .Net being bundled with Windows, which will put it on roughly 90% of the world’s personal computers giving it a de facto monopoly.

Microsoft countered that Sun was seeking a free ride on the back of the Redmond giant’s own success and pointed out that Sun was free to cut deals with computer manufacturers to have them pre-install Java on new computers.

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