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Ten years after we officially launched Java in May 1995, our dream of a ubiquitous software platform to power a networked world has actually come true. Today, some form of Java runs on 1.4 billion devices, and there are more than 4.5 million Java developers worldwide. Mobile applications like Java-based digital wallets generated more than $1.4 billion for the almost 100 mobile carriers who use Java worldwide in 2003. Java was, quite simply, the right technology at the right time. In the early 1990s, Java's architects at Sun anticipated a world in which a ubiquitous public network would connect devices of all kinds and let people collaborate on an unprecedented scale. That was only a few years before the Mosaic browser was released and the Web was born. When we planned the launch of Java (then called "Oak"), our goal was ubiquity. We knew we had a powerful technology,... (more)