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Java back in XP for now

After a hiatus, Microsoft said it would make Java part of Windows. The company will package its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) software in the upcoming Service Pack 1 update to Windows XP, but the company does not plan to include a JVM in future versions of Windows. The move comes in response to a Sun Microsystems' lawsuit.

In March, Sun launched a suit seeking preliminary injunctions requiring Microsoft to distribute Sun's Java plug-in as part of Windows XP and Internet Explorer. Sun does not endorse Microsoft's JVM, which is based on an early version of Java.

Microsoft spokesperson Jim Cullinan said the company made its decision due to Sun's most recent lawsuit.

Microsoft decided to remove an existing JVM installation-on-demand feature in Windows XP and include its own JVM in the service pack ''in order to take another of Sun's complaints off the table,'' Cullinan said in a statement.

In the early days of Java, the two companies forged an agreement for Microsoft to offer a JVM. Distrust and lawsuits followed. Microsoft's stated plan to eventually remove Java from Windows could still change, based on future negotiations between the feuding companies.

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Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.

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