Microsoft releases Java interoperability tools

Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday announced the availability of its new Developer Tools Interoperability Kit, a free set of utilities for Java programmers that can be incorporated into compilers and virtual machines.

Included in the Kit is Microsoft J/Direct, an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows Java applications to directly work with Windows, and a host of other tools.

"Many developers would like to build highly integrated applications for their customers who use Windows and seamlessly integrate Java code at a peer level with other languages," said Tod Nielsen, vice president of marketing for the Developer Group at Microsoft. "As a result, customers have asked Microsoft to open up its interoperability technologies to other tools and virtual machine vendors to make this choice more broadly available across the industry."

For more information about the Developer Tools Interoperability Kit, and a free download, please visit the Microsoft Java Web site

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