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Oracle joins Apple for OpenJDK project for Mac

Oracle and Apple have jointly announced their collaboration in the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X, ensuring that Java, the general purpose software development platform that enables application developers to "write once, run anywhere," will continue to be supported on the Mac OS platform.

Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. Java is most widely used in business software, web and mobile applications, and OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to Open Source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.

Oracle's senior vice president of Development Hasan Rizvi, said: "The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month's announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software."

Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet adds that "We're delighted to be working with Oracle to insure that there continues to be a great version of Java on the Mac. The best way for our users to always have the most up to date and secure version of Java will be to get it directly from Oracle."

Apple has also confirmed that Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

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