386. For Microsoft, a key to maintaining and reinforcing the applications barrier to entry has been preserving the difficulty of porting applications from Windows to other platforms, and vice versa. In 1996, senior executives at Microsoft became aware that the number of developers writing network-centric applications in the Java programming language had become significant, and that Java was likely to increase in popularity among developers. Microsoft therefore became interested in maximizing the difficulty with which applications written in Java could be ported from Windows to other platforms, and vice versa.
A. Creating a Java Implementation for Windows that Undermined Portability and Was Incompatible with Other Implementations
B. Inducing Developers to Use the Microsoft Implementation of Java Rather than Sun-Compliant Implementations
D. The Effect of Microsoft's Efforts to Prevent Java from Diminishing the Applications Barrier to Entry
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