SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar 08, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Sun Microsystems Inc. said Friday it is suing rival Microsoft for more than $1 billion because the software giant made the Windows XP operating system incompatible with Sun's Java programming language.
Accusing Microsoft of "extensive anticompetitive conduct," Sun charged that Microsoft forced other companies to distribute products that do not work with Java, effectively crippling Java and inhibiting its growth.
Microsoft spokesman Matt Pilla declined to comment.
This case comes less than two months after another fierce competitor, AOL Time Warner, sued Microsoft over its dominance in the Web browser market.
In its lawsuit, which was to be filed in federal court in San Jose, Sun asks that Microsoft be forced to distribute Sun's latest version of Java with Windows XP and the Internet Explorer browser.
"We think we can prove substantial economic damage, but I wouldn't hazard to estimate at this stage, except to say that we can show substantial damages. It would be north of a billion," said Sun's general counsel, Mike Morris.
Java is a popular programming language that supports software applications on a variety of computers, regardless of the underlying operating system. The language is widely used on Web sites, and Sun had hoped to make it a universal programming language.
Last year, Sun settled a federal lawsuit against Microsoft over the Redmond, Wash.-based company's creation of a Windows-only version of Java that was incompatible with other software. Microsoft paid Sun $20 million and agreed to no longer license from Sun any current or new versions of Java.
Microsoft then decided not to include tools for reading Java in Windows XP, which was released late last year. Until then, Morris said, Microsoft at least still distributed an old version of Java with the operating system so the public could still use it.
"Now Microsoft has removed that support altogether," Morris said.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which overturned a lower court's order that Microsoft be broken up, said that making an incompatible version of Java was not illegal, but said that its agreements with software vendors to use only the Microsoft-compatible Java version was illegal.
Shares of Sun rose 15 percent, or $1.34, to $10.17 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, where Microsoft shares rose $1.17 to $63.89.
By BRIAN BERGSTEIN AP Business Writer= digital
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لكن انتبهوا لأنها اعلنت بدون مقدمات اليوم واثناء الارتفاع انها سوف تعمل كونفرس كوول بعد الأغلاق الساعة10 مساء بتوقيتهم
وهذا ماجعلني اتردد بشرائها اليوم وسوف انتظر مابعد الكونفرس
لأن محلل كبير قبل كم يوم قال ان صن سوف تحذر وتنزل التوقعات وماقاله مديرها المالي امس عكس ذلك
Boston, Mar 08, 2002 (MidnightTrader via COMTEX) Sun
Microsystems (SUNW) announced just after 10:00 a.m. EST this morning it will hold a conference call today at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss news. No additional information was provided