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CNET News.com: Sun's Java accelerates on desktop computers

May 10, 2000, 00:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Over the years, Sun has developed a new virtual machine dubbed HotSpot to speed performance. Until now, that software was available only for servers; now Sun has released a version for desktop computers."

"Sun, though, faces a challenge with the new software: getting it into the hands of Web users. To be useful, people must upgrade their Web browsers or download a component available only for Windows computers. Netscape Communications plans to incorporate the new software in the second half of this year with Netscape 6, the company said."

"In a twist of irony, though, the universality that gives Java its potential is the factor that hampers its advancement. A company writing a Java program that downloads to a Web browser--an "applet"--must reckon with older versions of Java that still prevail."

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