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June 19, 2002—In this issue:
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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Microsoft announced yesterday that it will include Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in the upcoming release of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), reversing an earlier decision not to support the technology in Windows. (Windows XP SP1 is set for release in mid-August, according to sources close to Microsoft.) However, the company also said that its Java support will be short-lived: Starting January 1, 2004, Microsoft will no longer include Java in its Windows products.
"Microsoft has decided to include its Java virtual machine as part of the service pack due later this summer," a Microsoft representative told me yesterday. "This decision was made to minimize any disruption among our customers."
However, "the decision to include Microsoft's \[JVM\] in SP1 does not change plans to remove Java support from Windows," the representative noted. "The decision to remove Microsoft's Java implementation \[from future Windows releases\] was made because of Sun's strategy of using the legal system to compete with Microsoft. The settlement agreement between the companies prevents Microsoft from making any changes—including any security fixes—to our Java implementation after January 1, 2004. Microsoft does not wish to put its customers or Windows at risk, so there will be no Java in Windows from that point forward." Microsoft noted, however, that after January 1, 2004, PC makers can include any competing Java version—including the version Sun makes—with Windows XP-based PCs.
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