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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Sun's JRE has the worst update system in existance. The fact that they hock toolbars and OpenOffice to people during security updates is pretty much unforgivable in my eyes.

TRC said,
Before anyone complains remember that Google crams their stupid toolbar into every program they can.

And people complain about that also.

hkgonra said,
At least now it makes sense why google removed star office all of a sudden.

I have a feeling they're going to discontinue StarOffice - there used to be a big difference between OpenOffice.org and StarOffice but because alot of the holes have been filled in over the last several releases, the gap has closed to the point that the differences are very minute.

oh god I hate it when stuff tries to fiddle with your browser homepage/toolbars/security settings, another novel way of getting their hands on your search data and browsing habits.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
oh god I hate it when stuff tries to fiddle with your browser homepage/toolbars/security settings, another novel way of getting their hands on your search data and browsing habits.

then uncheck it.

neufuse said,
What next changing the link to Open Office to a link to buy MS Office in the installer? :P

at least they would finally be offering a decent office program.

Scorbing said,
More useless bloat for our browsers.

#1 you can easily uncheck the install.
#2 its only like 1mb in size. hardly counts for bloat.

PureLegend said,
So couldn't someone fork it and remove the toolbar?

I think you'll find it's just offered at download/install time. No need for fork anything, just uncheck a checkbox.

PureLegend said,
Yeah, but if someone wanted to, they could, right? Make it smaller to distribute?

except the fact that its not in the actual setup. its just a line of code telling it to download the toolbar if accepted.

acnpt said,
As if Java isn't bad enough ugh!!.
I guess Sun need the money, considering their losses.

Exactly correct!
2 POS's in one program does not make for a good experience!!

I quit usng java the day I have to install Suns crap!

cork1958 said,

Exactly correct!
2 POS's in one program does not make for a good experience!!

I quit usng java the day I have to install Suns crap!

Nothing wrong with Java, the problem is that lack of polish always gives the end user a feeling that 'boy this is really crap'. I hope that with Windows 7 which has DirectWrite and Direct2D, Sun will take advantage of this to improve Java - god knows I don't want to be in a world where there is only one thing on offer (aka .NET).

This is sort of surprising, wasn't JAVA distributing with google toolbar before? Or am I getting confused with all these annoying options in every program I try to install