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Sun and Google to announce software alliance?

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 OpenOffice.org 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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