With its acquisition of Java support services company jClarity, Microsoft is making a play to optimize Java workloads on its Azure cloud platform.

Microsoft calls jClarity the leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, which provides free, open source OpenJDK binaries.

Microsoft has been a sponsor of AdoptOpenJDK, which has provided binaries for both Windows and Linux.

The jClarity team is well-versed in the JVM and has helped customers optimize Java applications while also being active in the Java open source community, Microsoft said in a statement.

Usage of Java at Microsoft has grown in the last few years.

Large-scale Java deployments include the AzureHDInsight analytics service and Minecraft.

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