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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-12-05 Print this article Print

: Sun Grills Microsoft on Interoperability "> Layman explained that foo was a name made up by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for Microsofts effort to develop a marketing proposal to combat the appeal that Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) had garnered among corporate developers. "We needed to come up with an alternative that would resonate with developers," he said. Christopher Jones, Microsofts corporate vice president in charge of Windows client development, testified as to why Microsoft should not have to bundle Suns Java virtual machine (JVM) with Windows, as Sun is seeking in a preliminary injunction.
Jones gave five primary reasons why doing so could actually harm Microsoft: the order would jeopardize Windows ship dates; it would expose Microsoft to the risk of intellectual property litigation and damage; the order doesnt place bounds on what Sun could put into the JVM—"it could grow without bound," he said; it could impact the quality and security of Windows and Microsoft software; and it represents a support burden and could cost Microsoft.
Later, Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of platform strategy and partner group, argued that Microsoft has the right to ship an older and incompatible version of the Sun JVM based on a 2001 settlement agreement between the two companies. Parthasarathy said that based on the agreement Microsoft is allowed to distribute the JVM as part of a product or successor product to Windows but not as a standalone product. Batchelder asked whether when a user downloads the JVM from the Web it is incorporated into a product. "If a user gets it over the Internet its not in a successor product," he asked. "It is incorporated," Parthasarathy said. "It is designed in as a component." Batchelder then asked if a user buys a PC and never installs the JVM is it incorporated. "It is incorporated into that copy of Windows XP, correct," Parthasarathy said. Following Parthasarathys testimony, Kevin Murphy, Microsofts expert economist witness took the stand briefly to try to dispel the "tremendous amount of confusion [in the court] over the last few days." More specifically, when Murphy resumes the stand Thursday morning, he will attack the theories of his University of Chicago economics professor colleague, Dennis Carlson, who testified for Sun earlier Wednesday. Judge Motz told the court early Wednesday that he would be holding court Thursday despite forecasts of snow. He said even if the courthouse were to close, he would still have his courtroom open.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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