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ComputerWorld: Microsoft and Java: It's over

Feb 28, 2000, 22:25 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Hayes)

"Microsoft is finally getting out of the Java business. And that's good news. Really. For Microsoft, for Sun Microsystems and most of all for corporate IT shops. According to Microsoft's product road maps, its Visual J++ development tool isn't being upgraded with new versions of Java. And around the time the next major version of Visual J++ is due out -- best guess now is spring of next year -- Microsoft's lawsuit-plagued Java license from Sun will expire."

"...reports from Microsoft's VBITS conference earlier this month make it clear that Visual Basic, Visual C++ and other tools will be aggressively beefed up over the next year to meet the needs of e-commerce developers. And Microsoft's version of Java won't."

"Linux, Unix, handhelds and the resurgent Macintosh are eating away at Microsoft's Windows base on both the front and back ends. Losing one more competitive feature could be expensive in the long run. But for Microsoft, keeping Java is expensive now."

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