There was a large amount of advance publicity for a recent joint Sun-Google press conference, with Sun’s Scott McNealy and Google’s Eric Schmidt together on stage. Little was really said at this conference, however, besides announcing a partnership between the two companies. What is probably more interesting is what was not said
Sun and Google have announced a partnership at a recent press conference.
The basics of the announcement are that the two companies have entered into a partnership, and within the next month or so, Sun will include the Google toolbar in downloads of its Java Runtime Environment. Google will be buying more Sun hardware, and will extend its involvement in the development of open source infrastructure, such as Open Solaris. The two companies will be partnering on the future developments of Open Office formats – used and enhanced by Sun’s open-source based StarOffice applications
What was probably of more interest was what was not said at the conference – there has been much speculation put forward about the two companies competing with Microsoft, which also partners with Sun since the thawing of the companies’ relationships last year. It is as if the market is keen to see some competition for Microsoft’s dominance of the desktop, and even though not much was said around this in the announcement, it is hard to see what else the two companies are likely to be collaborating on if not office technology.
Financially, it is hard to tell what this involves, but if Google pays Sun each time the toolbar is downloaded, this could add up to large numbers quite quickly, given the volumes. By making the toolbar more widely used, and therefore this would include any services that are bundled in with it (which of course may change over time), this can open up what people can do and how productive they are.
At this stage, the market expectations are somewhat larger than the content of the announcement, but this will be a topic to watch over the coming months.
Source: OpinionWire by Butler Group (www.butlergroup.com)