Sun's low-cost strategy prompts free Java release

Sun is set to release a free version of its Java application server, as part of a drive to encourage users to move away from Microsoft. Sun Microsystems will release a free version of its Java application server next week, a move designed to encourage more developers to build programs on the software foundation.

Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Sun's software unit, told reporters on Thursday that is ready to deliver Java System Application Server 8, the first server software to comply with version 1.4 of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). That compatibility with the update of Sun's Java software is meant to make it easier for developers to create applications that work with Web services standards.

Previously, Sun charged $2,000 per processor for the application server, which is used to run custom-written Java applications. It will continue to levy an extra charge for add-ons, such as administration and fail-over features.

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