Microsoft promises Java VM for Unix, WinCE by year-end

Microsoft plans to make its Java virtual machine available for the Unix and Windows CE platforms by the end of this year. Although a Unix version of its Internet Explorer browser has yet to enter beta, Microsoft says it will make its Java virtual machine for the Unix platform available running on the top five Unix variants based on market share.

Microsoftplans to make its Java virtual machine available for the Unix and Windows CE platforms by the end of this year, said a company official at the TechEd developers conference.

Although a Unix version of its Internet Explorer browser has yet to enter beta, Microsoft says it will make its Java virtual machine for the Unix platform available running on the top five Unix variants based on market share, said James Plamondon of the company's developer relations group. However, he declined to name the specific versions of Unix that will be supported.

Microsoft plans to distribute the Java virtual machine as part of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Unix, which is due out by the end of the year, he said. It will also look for marketing deals with Unix vendors, he said, speculating that Hewlett-Packard Co. and Digital Equipment Corp. may be good candidates. He added that he doubts that Sun Microsystems Inc. will ship Microsoft's version of the Java virtual machine. He also declined to delve into specifics about Microsoft's plans to deliver its virtual machine for other operating systems such as OS/2, MVS, and OS/400.

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