Most developers at Sun’s JavaOne conference support Judge Jackson’s ruling to split Microsoft in two.

One developer said the ruling untying Microsoft's Windows OS from its applications business will give developers more freedom to create programs and platforms.

The essence of the Java programming language has always been its cross-platform capabilities, while the monolithic Windows operating system has laid at the heart of Microsoft's success, Java evangelists have long maintained.

Before the antitrust lawsuit was brought against Microsoft, the company was poised to tie in its Windows operating system with wireless and Internet applications to control that market as well, said another developer.

"Microsoft dominated the desktop and office applications. To run MS Word, you needed the Windows OS," said Pekka Nikander, a Java developer and a professor at Helsinki University of Technology. "Now, they are trying to push their dominance to the wireless domain and to Web applications. And with their size and power, they are in a position to do it."

’Spawn of Satan’ "If Microsoft stays true to itself, it's doubtful the behavioural remedies will work," said a developer with a security software vendor who asked not to be identified. "It's a fact of life that they are hard charging. Microsoft is a spawn of Satan."

But another developer agreed with Microsoft's oft-stated argument that its market strength has resulted in benefits to consumers.

"I'm not a big fan of Microsoft and Bill Gates, but one nice thing they did was standardize things and bring together a PC community," said Victoria Gonzalez, a software engineer with Akamai Technologies,

"Windows might not have been the best OS, but I have my mom e-mailing me now (because of its standardization)."