In an open letter sent to Sun Chief Technology Officer Jim Mitchell, Microsoft, Digital, Compaq and Intel petitioned Sun to give up their control of Java and turn the technology over to the International Standards Organization (ISO). Additionally, the companies asked that Sun to allow any "interested party" to be able to freely use the Java name.
Sun first submitted a proposal with the ISO in March, asking the ISO to allow it to become the standard bearer for Java. The ISO turned down Sun 2-to-1, with numerous "comments" about Sun's desired control. ISO officials say they will address the concerns of Microsoft, Intel, Digital, and Compaq when they look at Sun's new proposal later this month