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Microsoft vs. Java

Last month, JavaSoft announced that Microsoft's Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and Netscape Java plug-in were in violation of their Java license and gave the company two weeks to remove the offending code from their Web site. Microsoft let the two weeks go by without removing the SDK (the Java plug-in is still incomplete) and will only comment that they are still in talks with JavaSoft. With JavaSoft's efforts to turn Java into a standard, and the recent friction between the two companies, this deadlock could have interesting ramifications. Microsoft's Windows represents more seats than all other Java platforms combined and Microsoft is the one company who can stand up to the people that actually created Java and win. Whether this is a good thing remains to be seen: JavaSoft's "100% Pure Java" campaign could prove pointless if Microsoft doesn't come along for the ride

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