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Reporters Partly Cloudy About Sun Details

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    Oct 5, 2005
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    WebProNews - Newsbreak | Reporters Partly Cloudy About Sun Details
    October 04, 2005
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    Reporters Partly Cloudy About Sun Details
    Jason Lee Miller | Staff Writer

    At the eagerly awaited Webcast from the Computer History Museum
    (which occured at 1:30 pm today) with Sun Microsystems CEO Scott
    McNealy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, reporters waited anxiously for
    the bang. Alas, it ends not with a bang, but a whimper, albeit a
    big whimper.

    Admittedly, the scale of the announcement was impressive. Google
    is teaming up with Sun Microsystems to promote and distribute
    software technologies by making it easier to freely obtain Sun's
    Java Runtime Enviroment (JRE), the late October released Google
    Toolbar, and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, taking
    the "network is the computer" philosophy to the next level.

    The new partnership will affect millions of end-users, governments,
    and businesses, with open-source thin-application ease.

    "Oh," said the crowd as enthusiasm was siphoned from the room u
    ber-geek CEO style. The thought bubble, thick in the air and almost
    visible, read, "I dropped everything and hoofed it down here for

    Where was the talk of Microsoft? The Google Browser? The Google
    OS? What about Sun president Jonathan Schwartz' ode to open-source
    on Saturday, the "shot heard round the world?"

    Nada. Nada but uncomfortable tight-lipped CEOs and disappointed
    reporters (yes, me too), who for 24 hours had hyped the potential
    of this partnership, the impending Microsoft killer that would
    change the world as we knew it.

    USA Today's Michelle Kessler inquired about the elephant (Microsoft)
    in the room.


    After some more hounding (i.e., after no more questions about Java),
    McNealy finally responded about its OS rival, Microsoft.

    "Is your opponent Microsoft?" dutifully asked a tenacious

    "Everything's not a hockey match," said McNealy.

    Crickets chirp in the background, slightly louder than the muffled
    laughter, but not nearly as loud as the hopes and imaginations
    falling in disillusioned droplets to the floor.

    And there it ends, friends. If there ever was a Google OS or browser
    in the works, Schmidt and McNealy were decidedly silent about it.
    And the shot heard round the world? Well, let's just say if you
    missed it, you can download it any time from Google Video.

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