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Microsoft Development Centre's initiative

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, FEB. 26. Microsoft's India Development Centre, located in Hyderabad, has announced that it is developing the `JUMP to .NET', (Java User Migration Path to Microsoft .NET), a set of independently developed tools and technologies that will enable Java programmers to preserve, enhance and migrate their existing Java language projects onto the Microsoft .NET platform.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Srini Koppolu, Managing Director, Microsoft India Development Centre, said a 30-member team has been working on the project for over two years. While the Beta version will be available in the first half of this year, Release to Manufacturers (RTM) will be in the second half of this year. Pricing will be announced later.

With this initiative, he said, Java joins the other languages supported on the .NET platform. By supporting multiple programming languages and providing seamless integration among different languages, the .NET maximises a scarce resource for every organisation, the skilled programmers. The set of tools and technologies will enable Microsoft Visual J++ (J plus plus) customers and other developers who use the Java language to take advantage of existing skills and code investments, he said.

The JUMP to .NET included an integrated development environment (IDE), a component framework and runtime libraries and a conversion tool among others, he said.

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