**Update just for Dare
I'm glad this story is coming on April 2nd 🙂
Sun and Microsoft reach a deal on antitrust and patent issues, with payments of $1.95 billion set to go to Sun, which also announced that it will cut 3,300 jobs as losses mount.
Under the 10-year pact with Microsoft, the software company will pay Sun $700 million to resolve antitrust issues and $900 million to resolve patent issues, the companies said. The companies will pay royalties to use each other's technology; Microsoft is paying $350 million now, with Sun to make payments when it incorporates technology later.
The ten-year technical collaboration will encompass several facets, designed to improve information sharing between the companies’ server and desktop products.
Here's my quick assessment of how we can collaborate:
- Liberty & Passport
- .NET & Java
- “Windows desktop communication protocols” (whatever that means)
- MS JVM support
It's a new era in computing, everyone's growing up and learning to play nicely.