If you just installed the latest update for your Mac OS X, don’t be surprise if Oracle’s java software is not included in the update, since Apple will no longer include Oracle’s Java software with teh said update is downloaded and installed by Mac owners.
Apple customers can however download Java from java.com or from Oracle if they want to access web sites and contents written using java language. Downloading java from Oracle will ensure that you have the latest java software and not the outdated Apple-provided Java applet plug-in.
Java is a programming language that enables programmers to just write one set of code and it will virtually run on any platform like Linux, Macs and Windows. Java was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems, which was later acquired by Oracle.
Apple may be doing this to reduces the risks of an attack, since Security experts in Europe just discovered two new security bugs in Java that continue to make Apple computers vulnerable to attack.
The exclusion of java on Mac OS did not surprise Oracle, since both companies said they had agreed that Apple would one day stop providing Java software to Mac customers and that would Oracle to take on that responsibility. Apple also created a KB explaining the change. (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572)
Last modified: October 21, 2012