Sun's Problems With Microsoft Are Nothing A Couple Billion Can't Solve
from the what's-$2-billion-between-friends? dept
Ah, the things you can do when you have $40 or $50 billion of cash lying around. Discovering that the various Sun lawsuits against Microsoft were beginning to get annoying, Microsoft has swatted that fly with a $1.95 billion payout. In exchange, Sun will open their wallet and shut their mouth. The payments are specifically divided into three categories: $700 million for “antitrust issues”, $900 million for patent issues and $350 million for up-front royalties for technology Sun will be sharing with Microsoft. If I read this correctly, it certainly sounds like Sun just got more out of Microsoft for anti-trust violations than the entire EU did.