Sun and Google announce Web Office *Or not*

The cat is finally out of the proverbial bag. Details here "soon".

Edit: Man, was I (and a lot of the Web) wrong. Sun and Google hold a major press conference to announce, get ready to sit down for this, the Google Toolbar with Java Runtime Environment (JRE). I really have to say this is the biggest "nothing" announcement I've seen in a while. While I respect the guys at Sun and Google, do you really think Jonathan's Schwartz statement "the world is about to change this week" is accurate?

I'd be really interested to see how much of Google is running using Java, but I suspect the vast majority is actually in C++. As a company they used to be technology agnostic, some examples below

  • The Google Toolbar, the piece they're distributing with the JRE is written in C++, not Java
  • The Google Deskbar is written using the .NET Framework 1.1
  • Orkut is written in ASP.NET

Will there be a more compelling announcement in the future? Let's hope so



Comments (6)
  1. - optimist says:

    Oh! God save us all! What’s that saying called again….. something about Jack…. Oh Yeah! "Jack of all trades, master of none"!!!

  2. Richard Hein says:

    I’ve been reading comments and stories posting this "web office" thing all day, and I can’t see anything in the press releases from Sun that mentions anything related to a "web office". All I see is an agreement for Sun to package Google’s toolbar and probably the desktop search tool into the Java distribution, and also Google to package the JRE.

    So, what’s the big deal?

  3. Kevin Daly says:

    Google Toolbar with J2RE?

    Be still my beating heart….

    This one must get the award for Pointless Collaboration In Order To Have Something To Talk About In A Press Conference.

    Actually, it’s *so* underwhelming that I can’t help wondering if they originally planned to announce something more substantial that turned out not to be ready, or something.

  4. Jon Conley says:

    In addition, the companies have agreed to explore opportunities to promote and enhance Sun technologies, like the Java Runtime Environment and the productivity suite available at

    Let us end with a saying from Sun;

    "The Network Is The Computer"

  5. Bluesky says:

    This post/article gives a different view

  6. For a detailed analysis of this ultimate non-event, which Om Malik calls a "cheap publicity stunt" and Forbes describes as "overblown," see

    Emphasis is on the lack of traditional media scrutiny of publicity stunts.


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