Is Java WebStart Deprecated?

Fabrizio Giudici Fabrizio.Giudici at
Tue Nov 7 10:26:15 UTC 2017

On Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:26:46 +0100, Donald Smith <donald.smith at>  

> Hi Michael,
> No doubt this was true, but the OSes have shifted hard and fast away  
> from this model.  The "app store" model is now it.  macOS has been  
> ratcheting this down hard for several years now.  MSFT -- even in the  
> enterprise market -- has signaled this direction as well.  For sure we  
> need to find options to support the legacy, but the future here is  
> limited.

The "app store" does make sense with a certain kind of users. But in some  
industrial environments I consult for, the "app store" model has no  
meaning. As Michael said, they use JNLP as a way to install and update  
some specific apps on clients. They have been hardly bothered by the  
escalation of security patches at the times of JDK 1.7.0, but in the end  
they managed it. When they will learn that all the work done to get the  
thing working will have to be thrown away, they'll get pretty angry.

Fabrizio Giudici - Java Architect @ Tidalwave s.a.s.
"We make Java work. Everywhere." - fabrizio.giudici at

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