MS expert, Java posed no real threat to Windows...

by Steve Anglin

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According to a Microsoft expert witness Kevin Murphy, "Netscape, Java posed no real threat to Windows..." as reported by USA Today's Paul Davidson. Because of this, Microsoft's expert witness, an economic professor from the University of Chicago, believes that the antitrust santions should be modest.

That's certainly an interesting claim; one that is false on the server. As far as client-side Java and the Netscape brower, it's possible depending on the time frame he references.

However, these days, with the adoption of client-side Java for the Apple Mac OS X and the many wireless, handheld devices (i.e., Palm, BlackBerry, etc.) and cell phones (i.e., Erickson, Nokia, Motorola, etc.), the tide has clearly turned.

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