Немного offtopic, но очень занятно.
Microsoft is to pay Sun Microsystems $1.6bn to settle antitrust and patent issues.
The two companies have agreed to pay royalties for using each other’s technology, with Microsoft making an upfront payment of $350m and Sun to make payments when this technology is incorporated into its server products.
Microsoft’s payments include $700m for antitrust issues and $900m for patents.
Sun has also agreed to sign a licence for the Windows operating system communications protocol.
Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine, and certify Sun’s Xeon servers.
The two companies have also agreed to work together on Java and .Net technologies, and not to sue each other with respect to all past patent claims while entering into negotiations for cross-licence patents.
The lawsuit between the firms in the US will also be settled. Sun said it was happy that the agreements reached satisfied the objectives it was pursuing against Microsoft in Europe.
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