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Sun said last week it has done this to support companies using Web-based Java applications for services such as financial planning and analysis and collaboration.
The move follows Microsoft's recent decision to pull native Java support from XP, following litigation over its refusal to pay a licence fee to use the JVM. This had forced users to download an older version of the JVM from Microsoft's site or to seek out a more recent version from a third party if they wish to view a wide range of Web sites which use Java.
"We are committed to delivering the best interactive user experience on the Web through Java technology," said Rich Green, vice-president and general manager for Java and XML software at Sun.