Sun and Google to announce software alliance?


Sun and Google to announce software alliance?

Antony Savvas

The IT industry is eagerly awaiting a joint Sun/Google press conference in the US today, with speculation pointing to a software alliance or a deal to roll out Google WiFi services using Sun hardware to support the networks.

A software alliance could see Google agree to distribute Sun’s Star Office collaboration suite over the web or the open-source version of the software, which Sun heavily backs.

Both versions of the collaboration suite contain applications similar to those in Microsoft Office. The recently launched and cheaper Star Office 8 is aimed squarely at the Office package.

Such a software deal could see Google rebrand the software as its own offering to millions of search-engine users.

There is also speculation that the conference could be connected to Google’s fledgling “Google WiFi” wireless hotspot service, with Google needing a large amount of server hardware to run it.

The conference will be held in California, at 10.30am local time.

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