(Note: Post updated to reflect continued availability of affected products until late December 2005.)
Today, I’m writing to raise awareness of an upcoming change to some of the content that ships within MSDN Subscriptions or is offered through MSDN Subscriber Downloads.
As many of you may be aware, several years ago Microsoft Corporation and Sun Microsystems agreed to extend Microsoft's license to use Sun's Java source code and compatibility test suites. To ensure full compliance with this agreement, MSDN Subscriptions will be removing all content containing the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine from MSDN Subscription shipments and from MSDN Subscriber Downloads.
Please note that Visual Studio 6.0, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and all other products containing MSJVM will be withdrawn from availability on MSDN Subscriber Downloads in late December 2005. MSDN subscribers interested in this content and eligible to download these products are encouraged to make any needed downloads before this date. Recipients of MSDN Subscriptions media are encouraged to retain their latest discs containing these products for future use. Affected products will no longer be included in new MSDN Subscriptions media shipments or in future media updates, and once withdrawn, will not be available in any form from MSDN Subscriptions.
Visual Basic 6.0 will continue to be available until June 30, 2006, after which point it will also be withdrawn from availability. Microsoft will continue to support products throughout each product’s support lifecycle, but will no longer offer these products.
Additional information on Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine Support is available from http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/.
Program Manager, MSDN Subscriptions