Sun and Google had a news conference with live video webcast today concerning the “forward looking statements” from both companies. They are working on a “open, network services environment” that concerns open source. Both representatives appear to be best friends.
“Don’t bet against bandwidth, because bandwidth is going to free.” This sentence really summarizes the movement of both companies towards networked computing and interfaces which capitalize on networked resources. The press conference dabbles in statements concerning the OpenDocument format, StarOffice and Google’s Toolbar. Then Google even presented the Sun chair a “Java” lamp.
In the question and answer session two things were made clear. Google and Sun are not revealing where they are going with the internet for consumers and enterprise, but it is going to be big. And it is going to be open source. With this partnership, Google is gaining 2.2 billion dollars of R&D from Sun Microsystems and further, Sun is gaining an omnipresent platform for its open source enterprises. The general tone in the room is that Google and Sun working together can not only defeat Microsoft, but eventually offer the best networked computer model, and for free.