Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. It is the underlying technology that powers state-of-the-art programs including utilities, games, and business applications. Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers worldwide, and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile and TV devices.
- 1.1 billion desktops run Java.
- 930 million Java Runtime Environment downloads each year.
- 3 billion mobile phones run Java.
- 31 times more Java phones ship every year than Apple and Android combined.
- 100% of all Blu-ray players run Java.
- 1.4 billion Java Cards are manufactured each year.
- Java powers set-top boxes, printers, Web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, and more.
- Java has been tested, refined, extended, and proven by a dedicated community. And numbering more than 6.5 million developers, it's the largest and most active on the planet.
- With its versatilty, efficiency, and portability, Java has become invaluable to developers by enabling them to:
- Write software on one platform and run it on virtually any other platform.
- Create programs to run within a Web browser and Web services.
- Develop server-side applications for online forums, stores, polls, HTML forms processing, and more.
- Combine applications or services using the Java language to create highly customized applications or services.
- Write powerful and efficient applications for mobile phones, remote processors, low-cost consumer products, and practically any other device with a digital heartbeat.