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Microsoft announced Tuesday, a day in advance of the closing arguments, that it will drop support for Sun Microsystems' flagship Java product by 2004. Microsoft cited Sun's opposition in the antitrust case, as well as Sun's private suits against Microsoft. "The decision to remove Microsoft's Java implementation was made because of Sun's strategy of using the legal system to compete with Microsoft," Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said in a statement.
Current versions of Windows XP do not include Java, though users can download it if they need to run programs written in the language. But Microsoft did say it would temporarily restore support for Java in the upcoming update to Windows XP, expected this fall
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