The blogosphere has been abuzz about a press conference webcast that Sun and Google are holding this morning. The event was hyped to the extreme, and people were speculating that there was going to be some big announcement, like an web app version of StarOffice 8 powered by Google – a shot straight at the heart of Microsoft Office.
The conference is over, but the only reference I can find online to whatever the big announcement was is this:
4.October.2005 – Today, Sun creates yet another important relationship to add to our growing momentum. In an all-star alliance announced today, Sun and Google have begun a strategic relationship to promote and distribute their trail-blazing technologies. As part of the agreement, Sun will include the Google Toolbar as an option in downloads of the Java Runtime Environment from Java.com, Sun’s showcase and portal for Java technology enthusiasts and developers. The new functionality will be available soon.
That’s it?! You held a press conference and generated all that hype to announce that at some unnamed point in the future, the Google Toolbar (which is already on practically every computer out there) will be optionally available when people download the Java Runtime Environment?!
What a letdown! To say nothing of the fact that bundling is bad. Can you think of an instance where products are bundled together like this that doesn’t annoy the heck out of you? Install iTunes, you get Quicktime (and vice versa). People hate that.
Way to squander some of the good feelings people have about you, Google. Sun, I never really had so much good feeling about you anyway (I can’t stand Java apps, and I think the JRE is bloated and unstable).
Come on, guys. I really hope that I’m missing something here. Prove me wrong. Please?