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CNET News.com/Gartner: Java, .Net rivalry still on

Jan 25, 2001, 16:33 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daryl Plummer, Mark Driver, David Smith)

"...Microsoft has recognized that continuing as an overt and legal antagonist to Java has had diminishing returns for the past few years. Since Java has gained enough momentum to ensure its place as a primary language and platform for business applications, Microsoft has increasingly been cast as an outsider in the quest for enterprise platform solutions."

"The settlement paves the way--legally--for Microsoft to enhance its Java strategy by adding support for the language to its .Net framework, as Gartner predicts it will by the end of this year. The C# language, which hasn't seen the official light of day yet, will likely suffer as a result of Microsoft's increased focus on Java. Uncertainty over C#'s future because of difficult positioning--coupled with the fact that those who would likely use it are also those likely to use Java--means that the success of C# will fall victim to the extreme pain Microsoft is feeling from its lack of Java support."

"Gartner continues to believe that Microsoft will introduce more Java support in the .Net platform by year's end. However, it is important to note that without significant support for Java 2 platforms (specifically Java Server Pages and "servlets"), Microsoft will use non-Sun (but Java-like) technology to provide a Java-like language for .Net."

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