Interoperability with Microsoft

By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2004-04-15 Print this article Print

McNealy also touted the companys recent settlement with Microsoft Corp., which will add $1.95 billion in cash to Suns coffers: $700 million to resolve antitrust issues, $900 million to resolve patent issues and $350 million in potential royalties, he said. "Ive had a chance to talk to a lot of customers about this, and I cant find anybody whos upset about it," McNealy said. "I cant think I will find someone that is unhappy." The agreement will allow Sun and Microsofts products to be interoperable. "The way I like to put it is that it allows each to be a second source to the other," McNealy said, and to take each other into markets that both companies have never entered before, he said.
Members of Schwartzs new executive team also will include Mark Canepa, executive vice president of storage; Robyn Denholm, vice president of finance and corporate controller; Michael Dillon, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary; John Loiacono, executive vice president of software; Bill MacGowan, senior vice president of human resources; Marissa Peterson, executive vice president of customer advocacy, network services and worldwide operations; and Robert Youngjohns, executive vice president of global sales operations.
Sun also announced that it has completed its acquisition of Kealia—a privately held company based in Palo Alto, Calif., co-founded and led by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim—in return for 20 million shares of stock. Kealia was established to develop advanced computer system design, and its expertise will be applied to Suns design team. "As part of the acquisition, Sun plans to formally drop the Kealia name," Sun said in a statement. "No one could pronounce it, anyway." Editors Note: This story was updated to include information and comments from Sun executives. Check out eWEEK.coms Server and Networking Center at for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.This story was updated at 10:37 AM PDT on Friday, April 16 to add Sun spokeswoman Sabrina Guttmans comments regarding the Sun Rock processor.


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