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  • Nihon Sun Micro Sets Java2 Features with Five IT Firms
  • January 22, 1999 (TOKYO) — Nihon Sun Microsystems K.K. announced Jan. 19 that it completed the “international features” of Java2 with the cooperation of five other companies.
    Java2 is the latest version of software to provide the Java development and runtime environment. The five companies that cooperated with Nihon Sun are Apple Japan Inc., Omron Software Corp., Justsystem Corp., IBM Japan Ltd. and Fujitsu Ltd.

    Apple, Omron Software and Justsystem joined in planning and setting the specifications, while Justsystem, IBM Japan and Fujitsu assisted in developing the software.

    Nihon Sun launched the development of the international features two years ago. However, for a period, Nihon Sun had to suspend the development of Java features for international use, according to the company. It finally completed the task with the help of the five participating companies.

    Omron Software and Justsystem have already developed products designed on the basis of the “Input Method Framework,” a Japanese input feature required as a part of the international features.

    At a meeting to announce the completion of the international features, IBM Japan revealed a plan to release Java2 (alpha version in English). It runs on IBM’s version of the UNIX operating system called AIX.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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