Sun Delivers Java Plug-In for Windows XP

Sun Invites Internet Community to Preview Java Virtual Machine for the Browser

SANTA CLARA, CA -- November 5, 2001 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that the early access version of its Java plug-in for Windows XP is available for free download today from the company's Web site at This Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for Windows XP supports Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers on all versions of Windows. This early access technology will give Web publishers, developers, and enthusiasts an opportunity to preview the latest support for dynamic, interactive Java applications on the Internet.

"We're committed to delivering the best interactive user experience on the Web through Java technology," said Rich Green, vice president and general manager, Java and XML Software at Sun Microsystems. "The Java platform has achieved incomparable success in the software industry as a fundamental foundation for end-to-end cross-platform architecture for everything from the enterprise to mobile phones. Sun continues to build on this success by delivering cutting-edge support for Java technology for the Windows desktop."

Sun's Java plug-in will offer a rich user interface, advanced image rendering, multimedia and animation support, enhanced performance, internationalization capabilities, and other features that provide an impressive user experience. Many leading companies already offer Web-based Java applications for such critical services as financial planning and analysis, collaboration, and multi-media. In addition, tens of millions of registered Internet users spend millions of hours playing Java technology-based games every month.

Many personal computer manufacturers currently ship Java technology with their products. Sun will work with these original equipment manufacturers to update their products. The Java plug-in is compatible with browsers on all versions of Windows, including Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows, versions 5.5 SP2 and 6.0, and with Netscape, version 6.0 and higher. Installation of the early access version of Sun's Java plug-in is recommended for developers, IT professionals, advanced computer users, and enthusiasts. Technical support will not be widely available for this early access version.

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