Sun attacks Microsoft's Web ambitions

Sun president Ed Zander has continued his company's rhetoric against Microsoft's Web services plans, telling programmers that Java should be "driven to the next level."

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 5, 2001

Sun president Ed Zander has attacked Microsoft’s .Net Web services plans, saying that the Internet must be kept as far away from the software giant’s control as possible.

Speaking at this year’s JavaOne conference, Zander unsurprisingly pointed to Java as the language to make e-commerce work. Zander also announced a number of advances in pushing Java into non-computer gadgets, including the Sony Playstation 2.

“I urge you all to take this as seriously as we did in 1995 and 1996,” said Zander. “We must keep the Internet open.”

The war is being waged in the domain of Web services: Zander warned that Microsoft technologies such as Active Directory, HailStorm and Passport threaten to become Microsoft-controlled elements of this future Internet landscape.

“It’s 1996 all over again,” he said. “ It’s time for us to drive Java to the next level. It’s not just about making something look good on the Web. It’s about tasks such as Web services and supporting cell phones and the servers behind them”

Gartner analysts believe that Sun has missed the boat.

“They just don’t get it,” said Gartner analyst Mark Driver. “ They’re looking at Microsoft of 10 years ago. They’ve become very complacent and are way behind in coming up with a Web services strategy.”

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