Sun executive predicts MS Internet monopoly

Sun Microsystems’ rivalry with Microsoft took a new turn yesterday with a top Sun executive telling a US federal judge that the Richmond giant could use its .NET system to thwart competition and monopolise the Internet.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 10, 2002

Sun Microsystems’ rivalry with Microsoft took a new turn yesterday with a top Sun executive telling a US federal judge that the Richmond giant could use its .NET system to thwart competition and monopolise the Internet.

Testifying in the ongoing anti-trust trial in America, Sun’s chief strategy officer, Jonathan Schwartz, said that Microsoft could use its Windows operating system monopoly and dominant Internet Explorer Web browser to promote .NET over competitors like Sun's Java.

“The Internet is largely built on open standards, but Microsoft’s control of the ubiquitous operating system combined with its ownership of the dominant browser and promotion of .NET Passport means that it could lock end users in to a Microsoft-controlled world,” Schwartz argued in written testimony to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Schwartz was the 13th witness called by nine states seeking tough antitrust remedies against Microsoft for illegally maintaining its Windows monopoly. The nine states rejected a proposed settlement reached between Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department in November.

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