Sun Microsystems will support but not invest in Symbian, the handheld device software consortium going head to head with Microsoft.
At a European press and analysts conference in Rome yesterday, Sun's chief executive Scott McNealy said he would be meeting with Symbian chiefs during his visit to the UK over the next few days.
?I think [Symbian] is a wonderful company," said McNealy. "However, there is no reason for us to own equity in Symbian as it would prevent us working with any of its competitors. I'd rather support them like crazy. We?d rather be a supplier to all sides.?
Symbian was formed by Psion, Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola to develop Psion?s EPOC handheld operating system for use on devices such as smart phones and personal digital assistants.
McNealy added that he had held separate talks this week with the chief executives of Scandinavian telecom manufacturers Ericsson and Nokia.
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