Apple hands Java reins to Oracle

After years running Java for Mac OS X as an in-house project, Apple is handing control to the Oracle, the companies announced Friday.


With Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January, Java stewardship moved to the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant, which sells Java server software among other products. Java is widely used on servers, common on mobile phones, but never met its potential on personal computers as a tool to let developers span different varieties of desktop computers with the same program.


In the Oracle handoff, Apple will transfer its Java work to OpenJDK, the open-source project under which Java is developed. Apple will maintain its current version of Java Standard Edition 6 for Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, and 10.7, aka Lion, but Oracle will release Java SE 7 for the Mac, the companies said.

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