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Food for thought: 64-bit support sooner than later

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cowwoc
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I just realized that Flash isn't supported on Internet Explorer 64-bit. This could potentially be a big "in" for Java on the desktop if we were there months if not years before Flash. The real question is what the market penetration is of 64-bit operating systems and how much effort would be involved in porting the entire JDK (including Webstart) to 64-bit.

Anyone have any information on this?

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fred34
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The JDK is already available in 64-bit and has been for some years. Webstart though.....

cowwoc
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Right, my focus was desktop Java. Webstart is a big part of that. In general I find that 64-bit Java is a second-class citizen. For example, to find its control panel in Vista I have to dig through 4 layers of menus (control panel -> classic view -> View 32-bit Control Panel Items -> Java).

It's totally understandable from the point of view that 32-bit Java works just fine under 64-bit Vista, but it's also missing out on a fast-growing market.