By Jeff Hoffman on Mar 11, 2011
- The computer they bought has Java pre-installed, and now there's a security update they want to get
- The user wants to play a game (or use a banking app, file their taxes, etc.) that requires Java, and their computer doesn't have it, or has an old version.
- Somehow they are told to install Java (perhaps an application that they use at work will need it).
In the future, we are developing an installer that is more flexible and can be tailored to the specific scenarios where Java needs to be installed or updated. This will streamline the experience so that installing Java will be easier.
You'll notice a new layout, simpler text and an overall cleaner look. Where in some situations you would previously see a progress indicator before the installer Welcome panel was shown, you won't have to wait for that part of the download any more as it will occur while you're looking at the Welcome panel.
Once the Java installation has completed, the browser refreshes to a page that will verify that the various components of the Java platform are hooked up correctly. Or, if you were installing Java because something on the page requested it, then the browser will show the desired Java content.
If you look around the web, there are examples of functionality that are implemented in Java because of it's unique power and flexibility -- or just because it's fun! Some examples that I've found are:
- This Fabulous Suite on a Princess Cruise Ship
- Upload Photos on Costco's Photo Center
- The Milpa Game -- careful, it's addictive!