Better known by its code name, “Java activator,’ Java Plug-in aims not only to resolve incompatibilities between the Java virtual machines (VMs) for the Netscape and Microsoft browsers, but also to help address the chum in versions of Java VMs by allowing developers to specify which Java VM their applets are designed to work with. Java Plug-in, which in this initial release supports Windows 95, Windows NT, and Solaris, will work with Internet Explorer 3.02 and Netscape Navigator 3.0, as well as with the latest releases of those browsers.
Java Plug-in can be used to redirect applets away from the Java VMs included with Microsoft’s and Netscape’s browsers to one supplied by JavaSoft. Netscape has endorsed this approach, which dovetails with its decision to get out of the business of creating its own Java VM and to make it easier to integrate replacements. Microsoft argues that few users or developers will want to replace its Java VM, which is widely seen as one of the most stable and highest-performing.
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