Sun and AOL in Internet link up

Sun and AOL in Internet link up
David Manners Sun Microsystems is working with AOL (America On-Line) on an Internet access device codenamed Corona. The first prototypes have been made and the device is expected to be available by the year end. “I’ve got one on my desk – they exist – I can’t wait to get back to see it,” said Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems in Rome at an analysts briefing last week. Asked about the timescale for getting the device to market, Mark Tolliver, president of Sun’s consumer and embedded systems group, replied: “We’ll have something to talk about before the end of this year.” Details of the hardware were not forthcoming. “We may use a Sparc. We may use another microprocessor. From the software perspective we work with all of them,” said Tolliver. McNealy, who recently broke into AOL’s networks with a $500m deal for Sun servers, emphasised that Corona was something both companies thought necessary to move public perception away from seeing the over-complicated PC as the only means to access the Internet.


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