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Sun, Google Form Alliance

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-04

Sun Microsystems and Google will unveil a new software-based relationship this week.

Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s CEO and president, and Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt will make the announcement on Tuesday at an event in Mountain View, Calif.

A source close to Sun told eWEEK that John Loiacono, the executive vice president for software at the Santa Clara, Calif., company, as well as Curtis Sasaki, Sun's vice president of engineering for Desktop Software Solutions, responsible for managing the development of Sun's core desktop software, will both also attend the event and will be on hand to answer questions.

For months now rumors have swirled around the release of a possible desktop operating system from Google as it moves to build a comprehensive platform by turning computing into a utility.

This is much the same vision as that frequently expressed by Sun chief operating officer Jonathan Schwartz.

Schwartz has said he believes that Sun is at the forefront of the utility computing evolution, with its nascent pay-per-use programs gaining momentum and a plan to double its regional grid-computing center network in the coming year.

To some observers, such an alliance would make sense and benefit both companies.

But a Sun spokesperson declined to give any details ahead of tomorrow's announcement, saying any such talk was "pure speculation" at this point.

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