Microsoft Will End Support for Java by 2004

Associated Press

Just before closing arguments in its antitrust case, Microsoft Corp. delivered a broadside to one of its bitter software rivals, declaring it will stop supporting Sun Microsystems’ flagship product by 2004.

Microsoft cited Sun’s opposition in the case as the reason for the decision to remove support for Sun’s Java programming language from future versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Current versions of Windows XP do not include Java, though users can download it. But Microsoft did say it would temporarily restore support for Java in the update to Windows XP this fall.