It might be hard to remember, but Sun and Microsoft cooperated over Java for a brief period in the 1990s before the partnership devolved into years of ill will and acrimony. A year after a formal reconciliation, though, there are some signs that the rivals are warming to each others' technology.
Microsoft had licensed Sun Microsystems' Java software in 1996 and sold developer tools for the software. But as has been well documented in various lawsuits, that partnership fell apart after Microsoft added some Windows-specific features in an attempt to popularize its "polluted" version of Java.
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