August 17, 2001

IBM to Microsoft: Give Java a break

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet News: "Microsoft continues to take heat for its decision to exclude Java from
its products and strategy, particularly as evidence of the negative impact of the move on
enterprises and consumers continues to grow.

The latest criticism comes from one of Microsoft's big partners, IBM, a Microsoft OEM but also
one of the biggest backers of Java.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM's vice president of technology and strategy, said at its Solutions
technical developers conference here that he believes Microsoft should support Java and
doesn't understand why they would not."

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