This Day in History
December 24, 2002
Microsoft Vows to Appeal Decision after Sun Microsystems Wins a Major Antitrust Victory
Sun Microsystems wins a major antitrust victory against Microsoft when a federal judge ordered Microsoft to distribute Sun's Java programming language in its Microsoft Windows operating system. Another provision of the decision required that Microsoft cease the shipment of a version of Java that Sun contended was outdated and could discourage programmers from using it for software development. The court case was one of many that Microsoft had contended with in the face of anti-trust allegations by both corporate competitors and federal and state government agencies.