Sun Attacks Microsoft Over Java Removal
Sun Microsystems responded Wednesday evening to news that software giant Microsoft will remove support for Java in the upcoming Windows XP. In a prepared statement, Sun officials remarked, "it is
a move that was intended by Microsoft to hurt consumers and the millions of developers
that use the Java platform. Microsoft's attempts to neutralize the innovations brought to the web by the Java platform are widely known." The company added, "Microsoft's action is not so much a swipe at Sun, but at the hundreds of companies and millions of developers who innovate with the Java platform."
Sun refuted Redmond's claims that the removal of Java was due to January's joint settlement. "This move by Microsoft was a unilateral decision by them and was not a result of the settlement of the Sun Microsoft lawsuit. That settlement gives Microsoft seven years to distribute the Java virtual machine," the statement read.
But even without Windows, Sun remains confident Java will continue to grow, citing "An estimated 7 million web sites use Java applets to provide consumers with information. In addition, Java technology is now being incorporated into millions of wireless and portable client devices that do not utilize Microsoft operating systems or software."
Taking the high road, Sun remarked it will continue to provide Java support for Windows users, and offer a Windows virtual machine based on the latest Java technology. According to officials, "Sun continues to see very strong demand for cross-platform Java technology from both developers and end users on Windows."