Computer Education

Microsoft
FOUNDING
MS-DOS
APPLICATION SOFTWARE
WINDOWS
RECENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS
LEGAL CHALLENGES
Settlement with U.S. Justice Department
European Commission Ruling
Settlement with Sun


BLOGGING

BROWSER

World Wide Web
A WEB OF COMPUTERS
HOW THE WEB WORKS
WHO USES THE WEB
HISTORY
FUTURE TRENDS

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
Machine Language
Assembly Language
High-Level Languages
FLOW-MATIC
FORTRAN
BASIC

HOW COMPUTERS WORK
Operating System
Computer Memory
Bus
Input Devices
Central Processing Unit
Output Devices

HOW A CPU WORKS
INTRODUCTION
Function
Branching Instructions
Clock Pulses
Fixed-Point and Floating-Point Numbers

HISTORY
Early Computers
Transistor
The Integrated Circuit

Settlement with Sun


In April 2004 Microsoft and Sun announced that they had reached a settlement in their ongoing legal disputes and also planned to collaborate with each other on a variety of technology issues. Under the terms of the unexpected and unprecedented settlement, Microsoft agreed to pay Sun nearly $2 billionó$700 million to settle the antitrust suit, $900 million to resolve patent issues, and an upfront royalty payment of $350 million for use of Sunís technologies. In return Sun agreed to drop its antitrust case and to make royalty payments to Microsoft when Microsoft technology is used in Sunís products. In a company statement Sun also said that the objectives it had pursued in the EU case against Microsoft had been satisfied by the April settlement.

Both Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Microsoft CEO Ballmer indicated that the settlement was driven in large part by customers who wanted the two companies to work together to solve technology issues. Most companies use a mixture of hardware and software systems, and interoperability is key for them, both men noted. The two companies agreed to work together to improve the compatibility of Microsoftís .Net platform and Sunís Java technologies.

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