Microsoft Corp and Sun Microsystems have partnered up to treat US based Internet Explorer users. The collaboration between the two companies will let users include the Microsoft Live search-powered MSN Toolbar when they download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
“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. 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, revealed Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the Online Audience Business at Microsoft.
“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,” mentioned 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.”
The deal will thus benefit all Internet Explorer users in the US as they can now get a simple one click access to distinct Microsoft Live features. Along with news, entertainment, sports and much more from the MSN network, users can also enjoy direct access to Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger.
While Java is one of the most extensively available and popular software platforms, JRE boasts of having one of the highest-volume consumers downloads on the Web. Also there are more than 6.5 million worldwide Java software developers.
The option for Internet Explorer users downloading Sun’s JRE to include the MSN Toolbar has come into effect since Nov 10, 2008.