March 20, 2008

Microsoft forges first official link to Eclipse

Microsoft Corp. today announced its first collaboration with the open source Eclipse Foundation by committing to provide engineering support to allow the Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) to use Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). The move aims to make it easier for Java developers to write applications that look and feel like native Windows Vista, according to Microsoft.
"We're committing to improve [SWT] with direct support from our engineering teams and the Open Source Software Lab, with the goal of a first-class authoring experience for Java developers," wrote Sam Ramji, director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, in a blog post.
"It just makes sense to enable Java on Windows. We started a collaborative effort with JBoss two years ago that continues to this day. At the end of the day, it's all about the developer. There will be more to come from the conversations that Eclipse and Microsoft have begun, and I look forward to announcing those in the future as we have demonstrable technology results. Ramji added.



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