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Swing offers developers substantial advantages over the existing AWT package. Not only are there a much wider range of components, but developers (and users) have much greater control over how they appear. A button, for example, can contain an images as well as a label. A frame can have a special border around it. There are plenty of great reasons to migrate your AWT applications to Swing, or to develop future projects with a Swing GUI.

However,  remember that older Java Virtual Machines do not include the Swing API - and this includes most web browsers at the moment. You'll also need to include Swing with your applications if you plan to offer JDK1.1 compatible versions of your software.

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