Oracle Buying Sun Means Trouble for Microsoft

Oracle Buys SunIt’s already looking like a bad week for Microsoft. First, Digg ditches their exclusive ad deal with the Redmond giant. Now, Oracle Corporation buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. Oracle makes enterprise applications and database software that compete with Microsoft’s offerings.

Sun created Java, a Windows-independent platform that’s scared the Hell out of Bill Gates for over a decade. Your phone is probably full of Java apps, as Java Platform Micro Edition is one of the things that’s kept Windows Mobile from dominating the cellphone market.

Sun also maintains MySQL, the open-source database software that enables dynamic Web sites of all sizes, from Facebook to this blog. Since MySQL is free, it’s been kicking the snot out of Microsoft SQL Server all over the Web.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, not usually a man lost for words, was caught off-guard by the Oracle-Sun tag team. “I just learnt it,” said Ballmer yesterday. “I need to think about it. I am very surprised.” Steve-O has a habit of throwing chairs when he’s frustrated; wonder how much furniture he’s wrecked in the last forty-eight hours.

Flamboyant Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has long held a grudge against Microsoft. As industry experts note, Oracle is probably smart enough to keep MySQL free as a community offering, even though it partially competes with Oracle’s enterprise database offerings. With Oracle’s acquisition of Java and MySQL through Sun, Ellison just bought two very big sticks with which to pound Ballmer.

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12 Comments (with 3 Conversations) on “Oracle Buying Sun Means Trouble for Microsoft”
  1. I hope Oracle and Sun will go well to improve their technologies. And I hope their merger won’t compromise the open source technologies. For 2010, may things go well with Oracle and Sun.

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