What will Sun and Microsoft announce on September 12?

Summary:Microsoft sent out late on September 11 an invite to a teleconference briefing tomorrow involving Sun and Microsoft. The pair are set to make some kind of announcement about an expansion of the existing agreement between the two companies. What do you think that entails? Here are my guesses.

Microsoft sent out late on September 11 an invite to a teleconference briefing tomorrow involving Sun and Microsoft. Here's the wording:

"Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) will hold a teleconference to discuss an expanded agreement between the two companies. John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun; and Andy Lees, corporate vice president, Server & Tools Marketing and Solutions Group, Microsoft, will host the call for press and analysts."

The pair made a sweeping partnership announcement in 2004, that included everything from legal settlements, to patent exchanges to pledges of interoperability.

So what will the September 12 Sun-Microsoft involve? I have no actual knowledge of what's on the agenda. But I do have a few random guesses:


I'm voting for the Solaris option. By supporting Sun's BrandZ virtualization initiative, Microsoft could kill a few birds with one stone.

Other guesses about what the dynamic Sun-Microsoft duo might announce before the final word comes down at 1 p.m. EST?

Update on September 12: Word is out. The Sun-Microsoft partnership is primarily about virtualization. Microsoft supporting Solaris with its virtualization products and Sun supporting Windows with its own virtualization wares.

Topics: Microsoft, Oracle


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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