Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of a free tool that will help developers move their existing Java source code to .NET. The Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) Beta 1 is now available, and will port Java to C#, Microsoft's new programming language.

"Integration is a fundamental principle of the .NET platform, as is our commitment to providing a path so developers can build XML Web services in the programming language of their choice," says Tom Button, the vice president of Developer Marketing and Enterprise Tools at Microsoft. "With the JLCA, Java language developers have yet another avenue with which to target XML Web services through the .NET Framework."

The JLCA is available for free download today from the MSDN Web site and will be included in future versions of Visual Studio .NET.