Techwatch: Mar. 30, 1998

THE JAVA IS BREWING

As if Bill Gates doesn't already have enough annoyances, the dark-horse challenge to Windows posed by Java, Sun Microsystems' Web-friendly programming language, is actually looking, gulp, kind of real. This week the 15,000-odd software developers who are gathered at the annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco will hear that Sun is releasing its long-promised JavaStation this Thursday. The sleek, stripped-down machine, which grabs from the networks whatever programs and files it needs, has attracted early corporate adopters like Saab and Allied Signal. How wide a market it will reach with a price tag north of $700, however,...

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