Microsoft to give first JavaOne keynote next month

Here's a world first, kids: on June 4th, Microsoft will give its first ever keynote at Sun's annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco. This is quite surprising as Sun and Microsoft have had a relatively rocky history; PC World says that despite a "bitter split" in the late 1990's, and a settled lawsuit in 2004, the pair have been on better terms. Microsoft has even attended the aforementioned JavaOne conference for the last few years.

The speaker for Microsoft will be the vice president of strategic and emerging business development, Dan'l Lewin, who will update the attendees on how Sun is working with the Redmond company to make the connection between Java and the .NET programming environment.

Microsoft believes that customers still need more openness, and it has been trying to shed its portrayal as a monopolistic company recently. They have said, "We continue to intensify our efforts in several areas, as evidenced by our recent agreement to use the SAML federation standard in both the Sun OpenSSO Enterprise federation solution and the forthcoming Microsoft "Geneva" Server federation solution." The Internet is becoming increasingly dominated by companies like Google, so when it comes to being open, more is almost certainly better.

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This is really intriguing. Genuine, Microsoft-backed support for Java in Visual Studio would be spectacular, though probably too much to hope for.

Worth noting that .NET is really what Java would have become under Microsoft's "embrace and extend" philosophy had Sun not successfully sued them.

If Microsoft added full Java support to Visual Studio, that would make me very happy (not that Eclipse isn't awesome, but I'd rather use what I'm familiar with). This is interesting news either way though. I really need to learn Java so I can become more versatile (.NET is great, but the current job market sucks).

While it's true that Scott McNealy made Sun big, it is equally true that he set Sun on a crash course. McNealy has been the biggest Microsoft Hater and his vitriol has come home to roost. Microsoft giving the keynote at JavaOne is a sweet justice for the sins of McNealy.