How To Obtain The Latest Java VM for Windows
Last Updated: 25 Aug 2004
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Due to unresolved legal issues between SUN and Microsoft
over Java and Java licensing, it is no longer possible to
obtain the Microsoft JVM from Microsoft's website.
While you can download the latest JVM directly from SUN,
many people actually prefer the Microsoft JVM and have
found the Sun JVM for Windows to be annoyingly buggy.
If you have the original SP1 for XP, then the Microsoft
JVM was included. By court order, Microsoft was forced
to remove it, and provided SP1a which no longer includes
It has been suggested that Microsoft will be forced to
provide the SUN JVM in future XP Service Packs, but I
fervently hope that this does not come to pass, or I
will not be updating to those Service Packs (unless a
means to uninstall/remove the SUN JVM is provided).
MORE INFO ABOUT MICROSOFT JVM
OBTAINING THE LATEST MICROSOFT JVM (Build 3805)
• http://tinyurl.com/fii4 (direct WindowsUpdate link)
OBTAINING THE SUN JVM
MICROSOFT'S JAVA TRANSITION PLAN
JAVA AND THE VISUAL STUDIO FAMILY
Microsoft is more interested in transitioning users from
Java to their other supported languages, such as C#, C++
and even VB. J# is provided as a way for Java programmers
to develop for the .NET environment...
• Microsoft and SUN have largely settled their differences
and as a result, Microsoft has extended their support
for MSJAVA through 2007. The likelihood of substantial
updates is still extremely slim.
• No SUN JVM for me. I've tested up through v1.4.0, and
they've been ridiculously slow and buggy. Haven't
looked at v1.4.2 yet, but I'm not likely to.
• The links change often...