Friday, April 02, 2004 7:46 PM bart

Microsoft and Sun: peace

Good news for both parties. By giving more access to each other's technologies, product can be improved and the interoperability claim of .NET (think of XML Web Services etc) will become more and more a reality. As mentioned in the PressPass article: "Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced that they have entered into a broad technology collaboration arrangement to enable their products to work better together and to settle all pending litigation between the two companies. The companies have also entered into agreements on patents and other issues." More info on http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/apr04/04-02SunAgreementPR.asp.

My personal opinion: although I know Java rather well I'm not a real Java-fan as most of you know but this is definitely a great step to make both the .NET technology and the Java technology capable to work together. And for the everyday end-user, the confusion on which Java to use etc (think of Windows XP SP1 with the struggles on MSJVM) will hopefully stop. Because of this, the MSJVM will be supported again by Microsoft.

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