The Real Threat To Microsoft

A court victory for Java could loosen Windows' grip

In testimony that has come to light in the Justice Dept.'s antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp., there's an unmistakable sense of paranoia when Chairman William H. Gates III and his executives talk about Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java software. In E-mails that have become evidence in the trial, Gates is ever vigilant for signs that influential figures in the computer industry such as IBM are growing too fond of the Sun technology.

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