Microsoft targets Java users

Martin LaMonica
Martin LaMonica Former Staff writer, CNET News
Martin LaMonica is a senior writer covering green tech and cutting-edge technologies. He joined CNET in 2002 to cover enterprise IT and Web development and was previously executive editor of IT publication InfoWorld.
Microsoft on Tuesday introduced an application that simplifies the process of converting code written with Sun Microsystems-backed Java programming language into code that can be used by Microsoft's Visual C# development tool.

The Java Language Conversion Assistant version 2 is part of Microsoft's ongoing effort to entice companies to drop Java-based software in favor of Microsoft's .Net-branded tools. The tool can take Web pages written in the Java Server Pages format and convert them to Microsoft's ASP.Net format. Once code is converted, developers can use Microsoft's development tools, including Visual Studio.Net and Visual C#.