Microsoft hints at Java drop

Microsoft no longer sees cross-platform Java as a strategic language and is developing a strategy to link different business...

Microsoft no longer sees cross-platform Java as a strategic language and is developing a strategy to link different business systems over the Internet using its BizTalk framework.

Cliff Saran

Speaking to Computer Weekly, Paul Maritz, vice president and business strategist at Microsoft, said, "technology should not cleave to any individual [computer] language."

Maritz hinted that, should Microsoft lose in its Java licensing legal battle with Sun, the Java platform would no longer be part of Microsoft's strategy.

Maritz said the company's main focus was on XML. Business benefits, such as automating supply chains, are not achieved through inventing languages like Java, he said.

Maritz said that Microsoft's much anticipated BizTalk framework will soon be released as an early access kit. The company will also make a major announcement at the time of the Microsoft Professional Developer's Conference, scheduled for July.

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