Sun is attempting to take way its Java licence because Microsoft has allegedly failed to implement key parts of Java in its version. The US Department of Justice has again sharpened its knives and wants to fine Microsoft a whopping $1 million per day for allegedly forcing PC manufacturers to bundle Internet Explorer with all PCs running Windows. In addition, Microsoft is facing around nine other lawsuits from half a dozen US states, the European Commission and Japan's Fair Trade Commission over anti-competitive claims. But now, just as Microsoft braces against the legal landslide it is about to face its greatest challenge; a reincarnated Apple. That's right, Apple's back (again, apparently) and this time it's planning on "kicking some Wintel butt" - at least according to one over-excited listener at the recent, "back from the dead" speech given by acting Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. We are reliably informed that Microsoft and Intel were last seen quaking in terror from head to toe. Last week saw Jobs give a speech filled with rousing rhetoric, visions of a profitable existence, plans for a new direct selling operation, and insults about much larger and profitable rivals. He also showcased laptops using a nippy processor called the G3. It may be faster (apparently) than a 233MHz Pentium, but what's the point in getting all excited about a laptop that only uses the Mac operating system. Commercially, it's like owning a world-beating racehorse and then cutting its leg off.
Even Jobs isn't going to hang around. He's just a troubleshooter and is expected to jump ship elsewhere/anywhere by the end of the year. Not a good sign when the man who's vision you buy into is hitting the trail as soon as the changes start to be implemented. This is not the first time Apple has reinvented itself, and the fact that it is doing it again just shows how successful previous attempts have been. However, there is a limit to how often you can keep ringing the doorbell on Death's door and scarpering before he gets there to see who it is. Apple is one of the greatest technology innovators of all time - it could just never get to grips with trivialities like "revenue growth" and "profit". No one wants to see such an innovator bite the dust but with a history of false dreams and broken promises behind it, it's time Apple stopped firing insults at successful companies and got on with the business of becoming one itself.
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