The new features are aimed
squarely at programmers, but the implications of the rich-client capabilities
in the Eclipse software have broader implications, according to analysts.
Eclipse is designed to let businesses build or acquire graphics-rich applications
that run on different operating systems. ...IBM recently announced a Workplace
initiative that uses the Eclipse client software to run different desktop
productivity applications, such as a spreadsheet and messaging, on multiple
operating systems, such as Linux, Windows and Macintosh. If other independent
software vendors start to use the Eclipse client "platform,"
corporate customers will have greater flexibility in choosing their desktop
operating system, O'Grady said.
Eclipse readies 'rich client' software