Sure you can download Java. But that's no big deal. The real problem is IE. By the looks of it, MS is treating IE as part of the Windows XP O/S. And therefore, will not support it in IE. If so, if you use IE, you will not be able to see any site that uses Java. Goodbye java applets, and so on, for IE users. Given the browser market share IE has, that's a problem. The idea being that MS is trying to shift support to XML for their .Net strategy. With MS market dominance, this cannot be happy news either way. Comments?
Don't worry, Very soon all Applet containing HTMLs would start using HTML Converter as practice. Although it's unnecessarily time consuming but after some time we would start taking it as regular practice in order to make our product IE compliant. (As we presently do for swing-based applets). However I personally think there should be common understanding between Microsoft and Sun.
------------------ Amit Agrawal, New Delhi, India.
Imagine the cost of converting all pages that have applets to use the plugin!! I think Microsoft should pay :-) It basically comes down to extortion. Microsoft is using their monopoly to force their way down the throat of the consumers (again). "Microsoft - How can you not hate them?"