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Some things I tested work out with IE 6/applets is as follows.
When I go into the java plug-in control panel and uncheck the "use in Internet Explorer", option, the Java (Sun) advanced option in IE goes away or is unchecked. My applet will not run. This makes sense. However what are the other options I see called Microsoft VM (there are three sub options, java console.. Java logging, and JIT)? I'm assuming when the plug-in is disabled, the browser does not know what JVM to use? Are these Microsoft VM options no longer applicable as they no longer provide their VM in the Browser?
What does it mean to have JVM in a browser vs. a plug-in.
Is there no VM in IE if we disable the sun plug-in?
Finally, what is the deal with some court order that forced Microsoft to provide a JVM for the IE browser? Is this a permanent thing? I have heard two version, Microsoft is forced to provide the JVM in IE and also that it was temporary. Does anybody know what will be happening with IE and the JVM?
Thanks for your help.
 
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Even the Microsoft VM counts as a plug-in. And they haven't been plugging it into IE 6, though some PC manufacturers have, I believe. The MS VM for existing systems is still being updated as security holes are uncovered in it, but as an actual product it's dead. They're not allowed to call it Java, by court order, so they killed it off.
I can't answer ALL your questions, but the order forcing Microsoft to ship a Sun VM is under appeal, so it's going to be about June before Microsoft does (or doesn't) have to bundle in a Sun JVM. I'm hoping that Sun wins, so that at long last we'll be free to write Swing-based applets as freely as we could write .Net applets.
 
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