Sun Opens a Door, Sells Windows

As CEO Schwartz moves further away from former CEO McNealy's stance on Microsoft, the two companies announce an expanded partnership

It can now be stated plainly: Sun Microsystems (JAVA) has officially lost its old-time religion. Thanks to an expansion of its three-year-old alliance with one-time nemesis Microsoft (MSFT), Sun will now resell and install Windows on its x86-based servers. In other words, the company that was famous for its scrappy David vs. Goliath war with the forces of Wintel will sell servers built around Intel chips and Windows software. That's a long way from the days when former Sun Chief Executive Scott McNealy proclaimed: "It's mankind against Microsoft."

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