Microsoft Signs Letter of Intent to License Java Technology

December 7, 1995- Today Microsoft has announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Sun for a Java technology source license and that Sun and Microsoft are working through the licensing details. In addition, Microsoft has agreed in principle to provide to Sun Microsoft's reference implementation of the Java virtual machine and AAPI (applet application programming interface) for Windows.

We are happy to be working with Microsoft on a license for the Java technology and look forward to working with them on optimizing the Java technology for Windows.

Microsoft plans to use Java in its Explorer browser, and also has indicated to us that they plan to support JavaScript in Explorer.

As with other significant announcements of the past few weeks, and assuming a final agreement is reached, the Microsoft announcement is significant because:

It has been a historic week at Sun: