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What is Java technology and why do I need it?

Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!

Java is free to download

Yes, Java is free to download. Get the latest version at

The latest Java version contains important enhancements to improve performance, stability and security of the Java applications that run on your machine. Installing this free update will ensure that your Java applications continue to run safely and efficiently.

The Java Virtual Machine is only one aspect of Java software that is involved in web interaction. The Java Virtual Machine is built right into your Java software download, and helps run Java applications.

Java is the foundation for virtually every type of networked application and is the global standard for developing and delivering embedded and mobile applications, games, Web-based content, and enterprise software. With more than 9 million developers worldwide, Java enables you to efficiently develop, deploy and use exciting applications and services.

From laptops to data centers, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!

•97% of Enterprise Desktops Run Java

•89% of Desktops (or Computers) in the U.S. Run Java

•9 Million Java Developers Worldwide

•#1 Choice for Developers

•#1 Development Platform

•3 Billion Mobile Phones Run Java

•100% of Blu-ray Disc Players Ship with Java

•5 Billion Java Cards in Use

•125 million TV devices run Java

•5 of the Top 5 Original Equipment Manufacturers Ship Java

Java has been tested, refined, extended, and proven by a dedicated community of Java developers, architects and enthusiasts. Java is designed to enable development of portable, high-performance applications for the widest range of computing platforms possible. By making applications available across heterogeneous environments, businesses can provide more services and boost end-user productivity, communication, and collaboration—and dramatically reduce the cost of ownership of both enterprise and consumer applications. Java has become invaluable to developers by enabling them to:

•Write software on one platform and run it on virtually any other platform

•Create programs that can run within a web browser and access available web services

•Develop server-side applications for online forums, stores, polls, HTML forms processing, and more

•Combine applications or services using the Java language to create highly customized applications or services

•Write powerful and efficient applications for mobile phones, remote processors, microcontrollers, wireless modules, sensors, gateways, consumer products, and practically any other electronic device