Just say java? (sidebar)

Microsoft Windows vs. Java

• Windows only runs on Windows, which makes it more consistent.

• Windows aims at making software simple.

• Microsoft’s market power will enable it to price .Net software more cheaply than Java products. Windows developers are easier to find and less costly to employ than Java programmers.

• Windows risk factors: Microsoft isn’t going out of business, but it does have single-vendor control over product and pricing.

• Java is flexible, running on any operating system.

• Java is focused on making it complete.

• Java systems will have more enterprise support with multi-platform options for customers that need to integrate a lot of existing applications.

• Java risk factors: An individual Java vendor may go out of business, but companies are not under the thumb of a single powerful vendor. However, the Java standard remains under Sun’s control and requires Sun and the Java community to approve any changes.

See the story that goes with this sidebar: Climbing the ladder of f/f/s technology

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