: 2002-03-20
Microsoft fights antitrust case
Sun Microsystems saw Microsoft's decision to stop supporting Sun's Java programming language - a subject of Microsoft's ongoing antitrust case and a private suit by Sun - as an opportunity to highlight Microsoft's "hostile business practices." The company's strategy was outlined in internal documents produced by Microsoft Tuesday during the second day of an antitrust trial in which nine states are seeking tough penalties against Microsoft. Sun officials wrote about plans to "reinforce Java's benefits," "distribute through new channels" and "rally public opinion against Microsoft's hostile business practices." A Microsoft lawyer, Steven Holley, asked a Sun executive about the documents in an attempt to show that Sun's efforts to force Microsoft to carry an industry standard version of Java would only benefit Sun itself, rather than consumers.
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