Microsoft charts new course round Java

J#.Net will be out (again) later this week for those that missed it

Cheers NTCompatible for this one. Microsoft plans to make available this week a test version of a new tool intended to attract Java developers to the companys .Net Web services plan.

The tool, Visual J#.Net, wont allow programmers to build standalone Java applications. Instead, it will let programmers use the Java language to write code that works only with Microsofts forthcoming .Net plan, said Tony Goodhew, a product manager at Microsoft.

In January, Microsoft announced its intention to build the tool, along with other tools to let programmers migrate older Java applications to .Net, the companys wide-ranging plan for moving business computing onto the Web.

.Net includes tools for developers, server software aimed at large companies, and a fee-based Web services plan aimed at individuals called .Net My Services. Most parts of the plan wont be available until next year.

News source: ZDNet

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