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Sun Microsystems Inc expects OEMs and ISVs to begin shipping the company's Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with their products, following agreements with Dell Computer Corp and Hewlett Packard Co.

Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Sun's software group, predicted a "domino" effect would ripple through the IT industry as companies sign up.

"We expect some domino effect,' said Schwartz, speaking at JavaOne 2003 in San Francisco, California, moments after the deals were signed. Backing Schwartz was vice president of developer products, Rich Green, who added: "This trend has a lot of power behind it. Others will line up."

Despite a number of recent ISV and OEM deals backing Sun's JRR, HP and Dell are Sun's biggest catch and the companies are permitted to ship Sun's runtime on all their desktops and laptops. Sun has also signed-up Lindows.com Inc, Red Hat Inc and Apple Computer Inc.

The deal helps ensure Java is made available to business users and consumers, as Microsoft is no longer permitted to ship latest versions of Java under the terms of an anti-trust settlement agreement reached in January 2001 with Sun.

Sun is passionate about the need for PCs to ship with Java pre-installed, and unwilling to rely on end-users who can choose to simply download the JVM from the internet for installation on a Windows machine at their own volition.

The company believes that rich, responsive and fast-performing interfaces can be developed for games and business applications using desktop Java, and PCs can fully support interaction with mobile Java applications.

"Games will be faster and smoother, there will be stellar applications and interaction between the mobile platform will really start to emerge. This ensures convergence... will happen in a safe and secure way," Schwartz said.

While the HP deal caused euphoria amongst Sun's executives, outside opinion ranged. End-users, analysts and ISVs meeting to discuss the future of Java at a Borland Software Corp roundtable believed the deal largely irrelevant.

Metagroup senior program director Tom Murphy pointed out that many of today's applications have a thin client architecture, negating the need for fat clients.

He said Sun's push is designed to ensure it has OEM support for Java on desktop as it lacks Microsoft's backing, and is part of a renewed campaign to present Java to end users.

Sun on Tuesday announced a planned consumer advertising and marketing campaign for Java, along the lines of Intel Corp's, "Intel-inside." This month also sees the release of the latest Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE).

"They can hammer on Microsoft, but will get some push back. Now they can say they've got a new and improved Java that's faster," Murphy said.
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