Friday, November 03, 2006
Remember the Sun/Microsoft deal?
Over two years ago, on April 2nd 2004, Sun and Microsoft announced a cooperative deal worth $1.95 billion to Sun ($700 million to resolve anti-trust issues, $900 million to resolve patent issues, and an up-front $350 million royalty payment)     . This deal was cut back when Microsoft was sliding into deep trouble with the European Union, and Sun was Microsoft's strongest opponent in that issue. The broad goal of the pact was to improver interoperability between the two companies' products. That sounds a lot like the Novell/Microsoft deal, but with a lot more money being tossed at Sun. And yet, in spite of the big announcement I have yet to see anything come of that deal. Have you?