Google and Sun today announced a plan to promote and distribute their software technologies to millions of users around the world. The agreement should make it easier for users to freely obtain Sun's Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the Google Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suit.
Under the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in
its consumer downloads of the Java Runtime Environment on http://java.com .
In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities to promote and
enhance Sun technologies, like the Java Runtime Environment and the
OpenOffice.org productivity suite available at http://www.openoffice.org .
"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. Free and open
source technologies, such as OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris and Java, have never
been safer or offered more choices."
"Google and Java are two of the most widely recognized technology brands
because they provide users with online tools that enhance their lives on a day
to day basis. The Google Toolbar offers useful Internet search services while
Java enables richer interactive content. We look forward to exploring other
related areas of collaboration," said Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of