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Sun, Google ink multiyear strategic agreement

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Mountainview, Calif.—In another move designed to take on Microsoft, Google and Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to promote and distribute their software technologies globally.

Under the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in its Java downloads. The two companies have also agreed to find ways to promote and enhance Sun’s Java and OpenOffice.org productivity suite, a product that goes head-to-head with Microsoft Office, the dominant standard.

“Working with Google will make our technologies available more broadly, increase options for users, lower barriers and expand participation worldwide,” said Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, in a statement. “Free and open source technologies, such as OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris and Java, have never been safer or offered more choices.”

—Carol Krol

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