Microsoft and Leading Java Vendors Empower Java Developers

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 6, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. and leading vendors of technology for Java
™today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Gallery for Java, a freely downloadable set of Java libraries provided by companies including Aimtech Corp., Bulletproof Corp., Dimension X, Intel Corp., NetDynamics, Object Design Inc., Stingray Software and XDB Systems Inc. The Microsoft Gallery for Java is another component in Microsoft’s strategy to provide the best development and execution environment for Java.

The Microsoft Gallery for Java, available free (except for connect charges, if any) from the Microsoft Web site for Java ( ), gives developers a broad range of exciting functionality not offered in Java alone, including the following:

  • Aimtech’s Jamba for multimedia effects

  • Bulletproof’s JDesignerPro for access to databases

  • Dimension X’s Liquid Motion Pro for 2-D, live, interactive content

  • Intel’s Realistic Sound eXperience (RSX) and Realistic Display miXer (RDX) for positional sound and animation effects

  • NetDynamics’ tools for creating data-intensive applications for the Web

  • Object Design’s ObjectStore PSE for persistent storage of Java objects

  • Stingray’s Objective Blend for creating user interfaces easily

  • XDB Systems’ JetConnect for transaction-oriented access to Java

“By offering developers stellar third-party libraries and the SDK for Java, we are supplying them with exactly what they have long been asking for – a way to go beyond applets and build business solutions with Java,”
said John Ludwig, vice president of the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.

Using libraries from the Gallery with the newly released Microsoft Software Development Kit (SDK) for Java, developers can create richer and more powerful Internet and intranet applications. These new applications can take advantage of the power, stability and speed offered by the Microsoft virtual machine for Java – the Microsoft implementation of Java that enables users to execute Java applications rated fastest by PC Magazine (

“Our goal is to enable Java developers to provide end users with the richest possible multimedia experience on the Internet,”
said D. Craig Kinnie, director of Intel Architecture Labs.
“We are pleased to be working with Microsoft on its Java initiative, bringing enhanced power and punch to Internet software development.”

“The Microsoft virtual machine for Java, combined with libraries from the Gallery such as Object Design’s PSE for Java persistent storage engine, is exactly what we need to turn Java from a good technology to a powerful development vehicle for writing real-world business applications,”
said Jeff Bauer, principal software architect at American Retirement Corp.
“It leverages our existing investment in code and training, while enabling us to create faster and more feature-rich applications than we could ever create otherwise.”

Third parties interested in supplying libraries to the Microsoft Gallery for Java can obtain additional information from .

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