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At last week’s Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Sun wasn’t very visible. That’s surprising considering that Apple is very important to Sun’s plans on getting Java accepted on the desktop and much more. Furthermore, I believe that given both companies’ poor financial positioning in the equity market, an Apple-Sun merger or, at least, partnership would make sense for the following reasons.
Apple Takes Java Further.
Apple is currently the leading desktop implementor of Sun’s Java programming language, specifically the Java 2 Standard Edition platform, which includes the desktop JDK and the Java Foundation Classes (JFC), including Swing and Java 2D APIs for application GUI development. Additionally, Apple could potentially take the Java Media APIs further as well. Since Mac OS X is based on an open source FreeBSD kernel, Sun is hoping other open source advocate firms such as Red Hat adopt Java as these firms make headway in the desktop market.
Distribution Channel for StarOffice?
Sun may view Apple as a potential primary distributor of the StarOffice suite. Apple may be considering a suite of office software that replaces MS Office. There is speculation that Apple may adopt StarOffice and include Keynote presentation and other recently announced software, and distribute/bundle with certain Mac units.
Enterprise Mac OS X?
Apple may view Sun as a key to expand beyond the desktop and multimedia hardware markets; and gain legitimate entry into the enterprise arena. Sun’s server hardware and its market may be attractive to Apple. Apple would like to get its Mac OS X for the rack-mount server out there as an accepted server-side, enterprise OS solution. What better way than Sun?
For Sun, they may see this as a new selling opportunity for its Sun ONE Web application server suite of middleware and software. Although Macromedia’s JRun could be some competition, my hedge is that Apple would abandon its current emphasis on WebObjects in favor of a Sun merger or partnership here.
What do you think of such a potential merger or partnership?