MS buys Java specialist Dimension X

Microsoft took a sharp turn Java-wards today by announcing plans to acquire Dimension X, maker of the VRML browser Liquid Reality.

The two-year-old San Francisco-based company's products will be glued into Microsoft's DirectX armoury of multimedia developer tools. They include the Java-based multimedia authoring suite Liquid Motion

"Microsoft will gain powerful Java-based multimedia technology and a team of people who have been working with Java since its inception," said Mike Pryke-Smith, product manager of the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft. "Expanding DirectX support for the Java language will bring rich, interactive, high-performance Java-based multimedia applications to Windows and Internet Explorer."