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Agreement (or almost) between Sun and Microsoft on Java

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Microsoft and Sun have reached an agreement on the known affair between the two companies on the use of Java. Redmond, accused by Sun of abusing the "Compatible Java" brand by trying to impose different standards, has agreed to pay $ 20 million to close the dispute. In return, Windows manufacturers will be able to continue using all the programs created to date that use Java technology for the next seven years, but all Java license agreements have been canceled, including the one signed in 1996 and which granted for five years the opportunity to take advantage of the technology and to update it as it is improved. The case had started a few years ago when Sun verified that after purchasing a Java license, a system that should allow writing applications capable of running on each OS and regardless of the hardware, he had begun to propose changes that made many products work only with Windows. Sun had challenged the situation and, believing that this technique was only a way to destroy the basic philosophy of Java, suing Microsoft for illegal use of the brand "compatible Java". Despite the agreement, which in fact only a way to manage a transition for all those who are using Java-based applications created by Microsoft, the two companies have continued to exchange veiled accusations even in the past few hours, each of them singing victory. ?This is a victory of the Java philosophy – said the CEO of SUN Scott McNealy – the community only wants a version of Java. This deal protects the future of the platform and technology. " "This decision satisfies us – they say to Microsoft – and reaffirms our freedom to develop independent technologies". Microsoft accused Sun of preventing Microsoft from innovating rather than protecting Java. A defense that Bill Gates' lawyers had often used even during the trial for illegal monopoly exercise during which Sun had appeared on the witness stand to help the prosecution. The discussion of who is the winner in the dispute could continue for a long time, but as David Smith of the Gartner Group points out "when there is someone who pays and someone who receives money, it is more likely that the latter can claim to have won" But the real question now on what it could entail on the future of technology and application development this decision. The most widespread opinion that it could be developers who pay, even following Microsoft's decision to continue its projects for the development of a similar technology called C # (read C Sharp), they could find themselves in serious difficulty and not have to Java a response to the promise "develop once and run everywhere". Java, in fact, could be marginalized or ousted in the Windows world and be forced to retire on the Unix platform with a consequent proliferation of architectures. "Java – said Jeremy Burton, Oracle's senior vice president of product and services marketing – another of the victims of Microsoft's war against the Internet." Others think Microsoft may be forced to review its positions and agree to arrive to a subsequent compromise for compatibility with the new version of Java called J2EE

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