Sun to spread Live Toolbar via JAVA

Microsoft has announced a deal with Sun Microsystems to offer its MSN Toolbar when users download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), from today.

Anyone downloading JRE will have the option to download the MSN Toolbar giving them one-click access to Microsoft's Live Search features and direct access to Live Hotmail and Messenger.

"This agreement with Sun Microsystems is another important milestone in our strategy to secure broad-scale distribution for our search offering, enabling millions more people to experience the benefits of Live Search," said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the Online Audience Business at Microsoft. "With the vast array of Java software-based Web applications that are downloaded every month, this deal will expose Live Search to millions more Internet users and drive increased volume for our search advertisers."
Java is one of the most popular consumer downloads on the web with tens of millions of downloads each month. Java is used all over the web from online games to online applications.
With over 800 million Java desktop users around the world, our goal is to provide Java users with compelling and immersive business and consumer solutions powered by Java technology and value-added solutions from world-class software partners," said Rich Green, executive vice president of Software at Sun Microsystems. "Our customers expect top-quality products when they choose to download technology from Sun, and we are confident that they will find great value in both Microsoft's MSN toolbar and Live Search."

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