NCware Technologies, a developer of directory service development tools, says Microsoft has licensed its Java implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Microsoft plans to include NCware's JDAP in its Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI), which has been available for a couple of months.
Once JDAP is integrated into ADSI, which now offers only a C++ implementation of LDAP, applications written in Java will be able to access the directory services.
"Right now not very many applications for Windows are written in Java, but that will change over time," said Greg Gilles, director of business development at NCware.
The Active Directory Service Interface (ADSI) is a set of APIs allowing developers to write programs which extract information stored in Microsoft's Active Directory, the company's hierarchical directory service slated for shipment with Windows NT 5.0. ADSI also provides for links to LDAP-based directories.
Directories store information about users linked to the network as well as data about where applications and other resources such as printers are located and how they can be accessed.