MS strategy to beat Java

Cliff Saran

Cliff Saran

This week's Microsoft judgement made particular reference to the company's strategy to undermine Java - a move which could alter the future direction of Java.

Judge Penfield Jackson referred to Microsoft's tactics of attempting to maximise the difficulty with which applications written in Java could be ported from Windows to other platforms, and vice versa.

In the judgment he said, "Microsoft's tactics induced many Java developers to write their applications using Microsoft's developer tools and to refrain from distributing Sun-compliant Java Virtual Machines to Windows users. This stratagem has effectively resulted in fewer applications that are easily portable."

This ruling could alter the course of Sun's legal dispute with Microsoft over Java licensing. If Microsoft loses, it could spell the end of Java support in Microsoft products.

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