Following Microsoft's decision to pull Java support from Windows XP, PC maker Compaq Computer has changed its mind and said it will bundle support for Java with its PCs.
Compaq, which originally said it would not preinstall the software, now joins Dell which will bundle a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with every Windows XP computer it sells. The JVM will not appear in Windows XP unless an original equipment manufacturer includes it.
A Compaq spokesman explained that the company has had a change of policy, and that customer feedback was the basis for bundling the software with its desktops and portable PCs.
A JVM is a software program that runs independently of a computer's operating system and allows virtually any type of computer from PCs to mobile phones to run applications written in Java.
Other PC makers, including Gateway, are undecided as to whether they will bundle the software with their PCs.
Microsoft said it will pull JVM from its software products after settling a four year-old lawsuit with Sun Microsystems over its use of Java.
According to Gartner analyst David Smith, Microsoft's decision not to include Java support in the upcoming release of Windows XP "is part of an overall plan to phase out Java and continue to undermine it in preparation for eventual and complete abandonment".
Meanwhile, Sun said it is preparing a replacement virtual machine that can run on Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. But the company said the replacement will have to be manually installed by users.
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