Now, Sun Has To Keep Java Perking

How hot is Java? Even before the official Jan. 12 release of Sun's bold new network software, 14 big-name companies, from Microsoft and Netscape Communications to IBM and Toshiba, have already agreed to license it for at least $125,000 a pop. As a result, Sun is years ahead of its original (admittedly modest) business plan--and scrambling to forge a new one. That's why on Jan. 9, Sun hired Alan E. Baratz to run JavaSoft. Says the former chief executive of Delphi Internet Services Corp.: "I probably won't be sleeping in the next couple months."

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