Clay Shirky beseeches OEMs to pre-install the JVM on their computers, since Microsoft is dropping the JVM from Windows XP. Contrast this move with Apple’s pervasively hooking Mac OS X in with the JVM, and providing a Java interface for their OS calls. Java, for good or ill, has achieved pretty massive popularity since it was introduced. It’s obvious that Microsoft’s refusal to embrace Java is nothing more than an anti-competitive move. (Sun is partly to blame here as well, since they’ve made it tough for Microsoft to embrace Java as well, and generally crowed about being at war with Microsoft for years now.)