Unlike other vendors that have rushed to attest their imminant support for Sun Microsystems recently announced Java 2 specification (formerly known as version 1.2 of the Java Developers Kit), IBM is dragging its feet.
Patricia Sueltz, IBM?s general manager for Java Software, said users could expect to see an alpha version of Java 2 on one of the firm?s platforms in the New Year, but refusted to specify which, although she added that roll-out would be incremental over time.
Tentative dates include alpha support for AIX, which is due by the end of January, but the rest of Big Blue?s extensive software family is not expected to even include beta support until the third quarter of next year.
Sueltz said: ?Java 2 is consolidating a lot of what happened over the past year and January 1999 may not be the time to jump. We support Java 2, but a lot of our customers are still on past releases and we?ll help them migrate at their own rate. We hope to see them move sooner rather than later.?
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