Sun Microsystems drops Symbian hint

Sun Microsystems drops Symbian hint
David Manners Sun Microsystems is cosying up to Symbian and may join the wireless networks consortium comprising Psion, Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. “I think Symbian is a wonderful company,” said Scott McNealy, president and CEO of Sun who visited the organisation last Friday. McNealy, in Europe after the Davos World Economic Forum, dined with the CEO of Ericsson on Tuesday and the CEO of Nokia on Wednesday. He has a weekly golf game with the CEO of Motorola. McNealy’s enthusiasm for Symbian may derive as much from the consortium’s intrinsic merits as its position as the main competitor to the Microsoft/Qualcomm push behind the Windows CE operating system for wireless computing. Symbian is promoting the alternative EPOC32 operating system which is used in the Psion 5 palmtop computer. Sony is currently in talks with Symbian about joining the consortium and it has been reported that Siemens is also interested in joining.


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