This morning's press conference by Sun Microsystems and Google must have disappointed some in the industry. After the two companies sent out invitations for the event on Monday, speculation arose that Google would start distributing OpenOffice as a hosted application. But the rumours were proven to be just vapourware.
The reality is that Sun will start bundling the Google toolbar with Sun's Java Runtime Environment. While OpenOffice is mentioned in the press release, the companies didn't announce anything around the open source productivity suite.
"What today is about is putting our assets together so we can leverage each other's distribution," Sun chief operations officer Jonathan Schwartz summarised at the media event.
Google promoting OpenOffice was "not one of the announcements of today", said Eric Schmidt, hinting that it could start doing so at some point in the future.
Such hints about what the collaboration could turn into were throughout the event.
"Google is going to become a Sun customer," said Sun chief executive Scott McNealy, hinting towards the company's new Galaxy servers and Solaris operating system.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt however countered that the company already is a Sun customer, and declined to further talk about his company's hardware buying strategy. "We have rules for what we talk about," he mentioned.
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