Microsoft has slammed Java as being too slow for developers of speed-sensitive applications, such as spreadsheets.
Speaking at the first showing of Explorer 4.0 to the press, Charles Fitzgerald, programme manager of Microsoft's Java team said Java is no good for performance intensive applications. He said: "What is the trade-off? For developers using Java to pursue cross platform benefits is performance. To make things run across platforms, compromises have to be made. For Java this is performance.
"HTML is truly cross platform and it is an open platform," he continued. However, he said neither Java nor HTML should be used to create spreadsheets; instead a speedy language should be employed.
Fitzgerald outlined Java's fate in Internet Explorer 4.0, which is expected to appear in Beta form between the second and third quarters. Microsoft will tightly integrate Java and the Windows environment. It is working on bi-directional support of ActiveX/COM and Java Beans. This will enable programmers to mix and match components from both ActiveX/COM and Java Beans containers. Support for other components is also expected.
"There are hundreds of billions of code written in different languages. We are working on how to integrate these with Java.
Microsoft also announced J/Direct which gives Java developers direct access to any Win32 API or .DLL codes.
Java will also be available on Windows CE later this year.
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