Microsoft has announced it will not include support for the Java programming language in the upcoming Windows XP. After settling a lawsuit with Java creator Sun Microsystems in January, the software giant decided the easiest way to prevent further litigation was to simply remove the code entirely.
The settlement stipulated that Microsoft would no longer license Java from Sun, and refrain from stating that Windows is “Java Compatible.” Outdated Java support will remain available as an added download from Windows Update if required. Java’s removal from the software giant’s new operating system comes on the heels of announcements surrounding .NET, Microsoft Web services based on XML.
These services are accessed over the Internet from a variety of devices. Coincidentally, Sun has been developing its own Java-based version of .NET, dubbed Jini. However, Microsoft vehemently denies claims that it intends to phase out support for Java as an attack on Sun.