Microsoft buys Java tools firm Cooper & Peters

Microsoft made further inroads into the Java camp today with the acquisition of Cooper and Peters, a US maker of Java and Smalltalk tools.

Microsoft claims that the addition of a developer concentrating on object-oriented user-interface framework technologies for Java will accelerate the acceptance of Microsoft's Application Foundation Classes (AFC).

AFC is a set of Java class libraries aimed at helping developers create modern applications in Java more quickly.

John Ludwig, vice president of the Internet client and collaboration division at Microsoft, referred to Cooper and Peters as "world-class talent," and said that meant that Microsoft "can move even faster on its goal to deliver the world's best solutions for developers of Java and other object-oriented languages."