Friday, May 22, 2009

Sun CEO talks Java "App Store"

Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz has written in his blog of "Project Vector" which is to be unveiled at JavaOne. Project Vector is described by Schwartz as a way "to connect companies of all sizes and types to the roughly one billion Java users all over the world".

The plan appears to be similar to other application stores, with developers and companies being able to upload applications to be available for free, or for a fee, to users of Project Vector. Applications and updates would then be delivered through the Java Update mechanism.

Schwartz suggests that the Java Store, as Project Vector is likely to be renamed, will be unique because of the large potential customer base. The timing of the announcement is interesting, because currently Sun employees are restrained from making forward looking statements, without authorisation from the "transition team" managing Oracle's acquisition process, so it is reasonable to assume Project Vector has Oracle's support.