Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said Microsoft forced it into court action because it was scared by Java's success and the threat its cross-platform capability poses to Windows. In a keynote speech to European IT directors at the Gartner Group's annual symposium in Cannes, McNealy said Microsoft laid the path to a court case over its Java licence by deliberately adding Windows-only APIs to the Java software included with the recent release of its Internet Explorer browser. "Java was so successful (Microsoft) had to sign up to it, and it was so successful after they signed up to it they had to force us to take it to court and hope they get Judge Ito and Marsha Clarke and get off like O J Simpson," said McNealy. To loud applause, he slammed Microsoft's claim that users were not interested in the potential for Java to run on all platforms irrespective of operating system or processor. "I have not met anyone who has said they do not want 100% cross-platform compatibility, (yet) Microsoft claims its customers are saying they don't," he added. He dismissed the idea that the dispute was purely over licensing fees. "There's more money falls out of (Bill Gates') pocket into the crack in his car seat than we charge for the Java licence," he said. If users want 100% Java compatibility, McNealy said they should use the Navigator browser, refuse to buy Microsoft's development tools and swamp Gates' mailbox with Emails telling him to get compatible. According to McNealy, Java's recent setback in gaining ISO standards approval, when the US voted against making Java a standard, was due to the negative vote of the Wintel alliance. The votes of Microsoft and Intel, both of which had never previously bothered with the ISO committee, managed to secure the one-third of votes required to stop approval for the meantime, McNealy said.
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