December 7, 1995 1:00 p.m.

Microsoft endorses Java

By Michael Moeller

REDMOND, WASH. -- Microsoft Corp. officials today, after confirming that the company will support Sun Microsystems Inc.'s much-celebrated Internet application development language, Java, said the company had signed a letter of intent to license the language.

Executive Vice President Steve Ballmer said that though the decision to endorse the technology wasn't made until late last night, Microsoft now plans to license the product directly from Sun.

Officials said Microsoft will support Java throughout the Microsoft product line, including the new Internet Information Server, formerly code-named Gibraltar.

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