Sun and Microsoft launch mobile platforms

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Sun and Microsoft launch mobile platforms

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have both launched development platforms for wireless and mobile application development.

The launch of Windows XP Embedded OS and Sun's Project Jxta for its Java 2 Micro edition OS follows Nokia's recent open mobile architecture initiative, which was designed to encourage common application development among mobile product vendors.

The release of Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded OS means developers can bring Windows XP features to wireless products and handheld devices. However, having four embedded OSes can be confusing, said Keith White, a director at the embedded and appliance platforms group at Microsoft.

Sun highlighted the peer-to-peer technology capabilities of Project Jxta. The company is betting that Jxta will make its Java 2 Micro edition OS the choice for application developers by enabling all sorts of devices to share information.

Sun's overall goal with Project Jxta is to create a generalised p-to-p platform that can span anything from small devices to servers. "Part of the vision was to go to smaller devices," said Juan Carlos Soto, group marketing manager of Project Jxta.

Microsoft believes XP Embedded will give it the upper hand in the wireless market because of XP Embedded's roots in Microsoft's .Net strategy, said Jim Allchin, group vice president of Microsoft's platforms group. Sun is also eyeing Jxta as an alternative way to distribute Web services through peer-to-peer nodes.

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