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Microsoft Pulls Back Support for Java
More on XP

 1:48 pm on Jul 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

Covert Changes in XP and Outlook Security Permissions That Disable Java Should Give Internet Users and 2.5 Million Java Developers the Jitters

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2001-- Changes to security settings and their definitions in the Release Candidate 1 (RC 1) of Windows XP could deny millions of users email and web browser access to Internet content enabled through Java(TM) applets, according to non-profit organization People for Open, Safe and Secure Internet and Email (POSSIE)...


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) is quietly pulling back support for Java in its new products, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Wednesday.

The move deals a new blow to a rival technology that played a starring role in the software giant's continuing anti-trust battle with the government.

The newspaper said pre-release copies of Microsoft's new Windows XP (news - web sites) operating system, which goes on sale this fall, drop the software needed to run Java-based programs.




 1:54 pm on Jul 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

It's plain for all to see isn't it? Perhaps they think the .net platform should take java's place. The fact that java is becoming intertwined with xml and apache in a lot of ways just shows, yet again, that Microsoft has no interest in anything but self perpetuation.


 9:58 pm on Jul 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

Umm, the court has said that they are anti-competitive.. and now they are steadfastly PROVING it themselves. XP, SmartTags, drop Java? What next, XP /.net users MUST connect through MSN access???
Now THERE's a field ripe for picking. Try a monopoly in the ACCESS market.


 2:27 am on Jul 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

Wow. The Wall Street Journal is really all over Microsoft lately, aren't they? Not that I'm not happy to have a big watchdog.


 2:45 am on Jul 19, 2001 (gmt 0)

C# is probably what they are trying to get out there by killing java. Alot of universities teach beginner OOP with Java, that might be changing soon I guess.

Really, its not much of a big deal. The average windows user never sees java applications, and very few websites actually benefit from using java. Java's biggest uses are invisible. Mostly on non-PC platforms like cell phones or TV-top boxes.

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