Tuesday, 04 October 2005 20:00

Google and Sun announce Java alliance


Google and Sun have announced a strategic relationship to cross-promote and distribute their respective technologies.

As part of the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in downloads of the Java Runtime Environment from Java.com, Sun's showcase and portal for Java technology enthusiasts and developers. The new functionality will be available soon.

"As a leader in free and open source software, Sun has long recognized that network innovation is vital to the evolution of the global economy," said Scott McNealy, chief executive officer, Sun Microsystems. "Working with Google will make our technologies available more broadly, increase options for users, lower barriers, and expand participation worldwide."

According to Sun, downloads of Java have more than doubled year over year, reaching 20 million per month.

The agreement between Sun and Google also kicks off further collaboration between the companies on projects like OpenOffice.org, the open source productivity suite that is the world's leading suite on Linux and Sun's Solaris OS -- and the leading alternative suite on Microsoft Windows.

"Google has long been part of the Java technology ecosystem, and today's announcement highlights this relationship," says Mark Herring, Sun director of Java Brand and Community Marketing. "Sun is pleased to be working even more closely with a company that also values innovation and breaking down barriers. The agreement is the next big step in a great partnership."

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Stan Beer


Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.



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