Just when you thought the antitrust wars were over, Sun has launched another against Microsoft - this time for slightly under a billion dollars.Sun is accusing the Redmond giant of making the Windows XP operating system incompatible with Sun's Java programming language, and using its monopoly power to sink it.
Last year a court ruled that Microsoft abused its monopoly power in its aggressive marketing of Windows.
Now Sun says that Microsoft has carried out "extensive anti-competitive conduct" to forced other companies to distribute products that don't work with Java.
A Sun spokesman said that Sun wants Microsoft to decouple .Net from its Windows operating system.
In January AOL Time Warner issued a similar writ against Microsoft.
Microsoft removed Java from Internet Explorer when it launched Windows XP last year, claiming that including the software could spur Sun to try to block the operating system's release.
Microsoft declined to comment.
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