Apple has a bob each way on Java support

The first Apple official to comment on Apple's plans for Java in the wake of its new alliance with Microsoft has had a bob each way. In a brief message to Apple's Macintosh Runtime for Java developer list, Java product manager Will Iverson has avowed support for all 100% Pure Java applications - but not ruled out supporting Microsoft's own Java extensions in the MacOS.

The first Apple official to comment on Apple's plans for Java in the wake of its new alliance with Microsoft has had a bob each way.

In a brief message to Apple's Macintosh Runtime for Java developer list, Java product manager Will Iverson has avowed support for all 100% Pure Java applications - but not ruled out supporting Microsoft's own Java extensions in the MacOS.

Iverson says "it is too early to make specific statements" on support of AFC, J/Direct and other Microsoft extensions to Java and "we will be announcing more details in the future."

Apple will continue to develop the MRJ, its own system-level Java environment "now and into the future," says Iverson. "We expect to incorporate Microsoft technology as appropriate to ensure compatibility with the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine for Windows as a superset of Java."

Apple will not ship the Microsoft/Metrowerks Java VM in place of MRJ, he says, "and we plan to continue to enhance and integrate MRJ with the Mac OS."

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