Source: The Record
BALTIMORE (AP) - Microsoft Corp. will have 120 days to release a version of Sun Microsystems' Java programming language for Windows after a federal judge issues his formal order against the software giant.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz set that schedule Wednesday during a lengthy hearing with lawyers from both companies. Sun had sought a 90-day period, while Microsoft wanted a three-phase approach that would have extended over 180 days.
Source: Globe & Mail
Let us examine the notion that Microsoft has become like butter, the high-priced spread. For Office XP Standard Edition, CNET's November 18th average price was $390; for Corel Word Perfect 2002 Suite it was $270; for Lotus Smart Suite Millenium, $210; Sun Star Office was $80; and Open Office was and still is $0 (free download at OpenOffice.org).
Microsoft this week incorporated additional application-layer filtering technology into its firewall product that lets users secure remote access to e-mail and authentication to Web servers.
Trying to move its software from desktops to people's hands and pockets, Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled plans for a portable media player and a radio-linked wristwatch.
The announcements by Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates come as the world's largest software company mounts a push beyond its existing market stronghold in computer operating systems toward a range of devices such as Tablet PCs, cars, monitors and even exercise bikes.