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Sun Caps Busy Week

Sun Microsystems Inc. enjoyed a busy week in which two major events gave the giant company cause to celebrate.

First, the firm kicked off its fifth JavaOne Developer Conference Monday in which it showed off its latest wireless technology products and signed up more than 500 companies to work with its Java 2 platform.

And second, the axe fell on Microsoft Corp. Tuesday as Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that the software giant be split in two.

At the San Francisco-based conference, 23,000 attendees gathered to witness Sun roll out its Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition technology and announced the creation of the "wireless Java connection," a program designed to provide a host of services to companies working with Java technology in the wireless space.

Included in the delivery of J2ME are the shipment of the Connected Limited Device Configuration, based on the K Virtual Machine, and early access for the Mobile Information Device (MID) profile. The MID profile extends the functionality of mobile devices with the ability to download new applications and services to the device across a network and access these applications when disconnected.

The early access MID profile can be downloaded from the Web site here.

Sun also inked deal with players in the red-jot mobile phone market, in which the company agreed to create wireless devices based on the the Java 2 platform with heavyweights such as Sony Corp. , Nokia Corp. and One 2 One.

Looking to boost its already well-known presence, Sun also agreed to host a contest with American Express Co. in which developers are encouraged to create new Java Card technology applications for the venerable credit card firm's Blue card. Dubbed "Code Blue," the contest offered a first prize of $50,000.

Turning to the Microsoft case, McNealy said the case is important since giving consumers choice is what the Internet is all about.

"Nobody wants to go back to the days of one telephone company. Microsoft has expressed no regret for its actions throughout these proceedings, and the company has not recognized any wrongdoing. This is why a combination of structural and conduct remedies is the right and essential means to deal with Microsoft's continued abuse of its monopoly power."