How to use Java on Windows 10
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As free Windows 10 upgrades trickle out onto eligible PC’s around the globe, users of the latest Microsoft operating system are being greeted by a new default web browser. The Microsoft Edge browser included with Windows 10 replaces stalwart Internet Explorer after years of service. Use of the once dominant Internet Explorer has declined over time, with consumption of the clunky browser peaking in 2011. Still a top 3 web browser nonetheless with regard to usage, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox overwhelmingly dominate the web browser scene today. That may be about to change.
Early impressions of the Edge browser are mostly positive. Wired calls Edge “Windows’ Killer New Browser“. Edge is “fast, powerful, and beats the pants off Internet Explorer,” according to Business Insider. Microsoft Edge evolved out of Project Spartan, as it was known during its development phase. Microsoft officially assigned Project Spartan a production name at its April Build 2015 conference in San Francisco, California, as Microsoft Edge was introduced. The Edge web browser became available to the public when Windows 10 was launched on July 29. But users of business applications that still require the Java plug-in may be confounded by Edge as they upgrade to Windows 10.
It is important to note that Windows 10 does support Java. The issue Edge users encounter is plug-ins are not supported by Edge. By “not supported,” we mean there is simply no way to activate or enable the Java plug-in with the Edge web browser. Period. If Windows 10 supports Java, but the Edge browser does not, the question about how to use Java on Windows 10 remains. The answer lies in alternative web browsers.
Just when you thought you were rid of Internet Explorer forever, surprise! Windows 10 not only includes the new Edge web browser, but includes the old Internet Explorer 11 too. Microsoft realized that prohibitive plug-in compatibility issues existed with Edge. The solution was to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows 10 to combat the potential Windows 10 upgrade show-stopper. If you encounter Java content in Edge, simply click the menu button, and choose Open with Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer can be launched from the Windows 10 Start button as well (welcome back Start button, by the way). While Internet Explorer is open, you may wish to make your first stop the Java.com web site to download and install the Java plug-in, or to at least verify that the latest Java version is installed on your PC.
The other top-tier web browser to install on Windows 10 so you can display and use Java content is Firefox. The Firefox web browser supports NPAPI plug-ins like Java and Silverlight alike, and is supported by Windows 10. Opera is also a Java-friendly web browser for Windows 10.
Internet users today routinely use multiple web browser in much the same way they access Internet content using multiple devices. Certain web browsers simply work better than others under myriad web browsing circumstances across devices and platforms. Those users who require access to Java content on their Windows 10 PC’s should not find using an alternative web browser much of an impediment.
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