February 09, 2012, 8:00 AM —
Java, first launched at Sun Microsystems in 1995, remains a critical part of the technology landscape. It is entrenched atop Tiobe's monthly index of the most popular programming languages, besting C and all others. Two years ago, Oracle acquired Sun and thus became the vendor in charge of Java, even though Java does remain a community effort.
Oracle has an ambitious plan for Java for the next two years, with intentions to upgrade the Standard, Micro, and Enterprise versions with capabilities ranging from Mac OS X backing to cloud functionality. Part of that plan, however, involves the end of life for Java Platform, Standard Edition 6, so Oracle's roadmap might ruffle some feathers.
Here is what is on tap from Oracle for Java.