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."