Sun and Microsoft to work together

Apr 02, 2004 • One minute to read

**Updated x2

****Update **just for Dare

I’m glad this story is coming on April 2nd :)

_Sun and Microsoft reach a deal on antitrust and patent issues, with payments of $1.95 billion set to go to Sun, which also announced that it will cut 3,300 jobs as losses mount. _

_Under the 10-year pact with Microsoft, the software company will pay Sun $700 million to resolve antitrust issues and $900 million to resolve patent issues, the companies said. The companies will pay royalties to use each other’s technology; Microsoft is paying $350 million now, with Sun to make payments when it incorporates technology later. _

_The ten-year technical collaboration will encompass several facets, designed to improve information sharing between the companies’ server and desktop products. _

Here’s my quick assessment of how we can collaborate:

  • Liberty & Passport
  • .NET & Java
  • “Windows desktop communication protocols” (whatever that means)
  • MS JVM support

It’s a new era in computing, everyone’s growing up and learning to play nicely.



Changes to C# and .NET Framework