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U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has ruled that Microsoft must incorporate archrival Sun Microsystems’ Java language in the Windows operating system.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  December 31, 2002

Microsoft must incorporate archrival Sun Microsystems’ Java language in the Windows operating system, ruled U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz this week. The decision has been hailed as another small victory for Sun in the ongoing antitrust case against Microsoft.

Lawyers representing Sun Microsystems convinced the federal judge that Microsoft gains an unfair advantage by including an outdated version of Java in Windows.

The Java language was of course designed to run on all operating systems, regardless of origin, and is used today by more than 90 percent of the world’s PCs. It seems Microsoft’s outdated version hampers Java development with inconsistency.

“In the final analysis,” said Judge Motz, “the public interest in this case rests in assuring that free enterprise be genuinely free, untainted by the effects of antitrust violations.”

Specifically, Sun claims that software developers are being lured to Microsoft's .NET platform rather than settling for a limited Java language.

While Microsoft believes that over half the software developers throughout the world already use Java, Motz concluded that Microsoft's .NET should win the day “because of [its] superior qualities, not because Microsoft leveraged its PC monopoly to create market conditions in which it is unfairly advantaged.”

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