Sun and Laszlo Bring OpenLaszlo Applications to Java(TM) Platform, Micro Edition Technology
Collaboration Adds Laszlo Systems' Rich Internet Development Platform to Java Technology-enabled Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc. , the creator and leading advocate of Java and Solaris(TM) technology, and Laszlo Systems, Inc., the original developer of OpenLaszlo, a leading open source rich Internet development platform, today announced a collaboration to enable OpenLaszlo applications to run on devices supporting the Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) application environment. With this move, Sun and Laszlo are actively contributing resources to a new project for the OpenLaszlo community, code-named Orbit.

With more than 3.8 billion Java-technology devices including 1.2 billion Java technology-powered phones in the world today, Sun has one of the most widely distributed client run-time environments. OpenLaszlo is a widely adopted open source application development platform that uses Ajax-style programming techniques, integrating XML and JavaScript(TM), to create rich and robust online experiences. With this endeavor, Sun and Laszlo will work together to bridge OpenLaszlo's expressive markup language, LZX, with the ubiquity and power of the Java ME platform.

OpenLaszlo, currently in version 3.3, was designed from its inception to support the instantaneous, no-download deployment of web applications on a diverse set of client runtime environments. Now with further extension to support the Java ME platform, OpenLaszlo will offer an unprecedented level of development portability and flexibility across a wide variety of Java technology-based phones, television set-top boxes, and other connected devices. Support for OpenLaszlo applications further enhances one of the key strengths of the Java platform -- the ability to support development environments and authoring tools targeting a broad spectrum of developer skills and preferences.

"The integration of OpenLaszlo and the Java ME platform is another important step in the evolution of mobile computing," said Robert Brewin, CTO of Sun Microsystems' software group. "This collaboration will bring the richness of the modern web, the power of Java technology and the unique capabilities of OpenLaszlo together for the benefit of our respective developer communities."

"We're pleased to be working with Sun, which is a big step forward in furthering our collective vision of enabling seamless application support for all connected devices," said David Temkin, founder and CTO of Laszlo Systems. "With both companies' strong commitment to open source and open standards, today's announcement marks a significant milestone towards those efforts."

Sun and Laszlo expect to release the first demonstrable Project Orbit application running under the Java ME platform later this year. For more information on Project Orbit and its goals, please visit http://www.java.net/ or http://www.openlaszlo.org/orbit . To become a contributor to the Project, registration is available at http://www.openlaszlo.org/orbit .

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com/.

About Laszlo Systems

Laszlo Systems is the original developer of OpenLaszlo, the leading open source platform for building and deploying Web 2.0 applications. OpenLaszlo technology has been widely adopted by application and service providers in the consumer, enterprise, education and government markets. Laszlo Systems provides updates, training and support for OpenLaszlo and offers rich-experience web-based digital life applications such as Laszlo Mail, built on OpenLaszlo.

For more information about San Mateo, Calif.-based Laszlo Systems, visit http://www.laszlosystems.com/ .

NOTE: Laszlo is a registered trademark of Laszlo Systems, Inc. All other products and brands mentioned are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, JavaScript and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Asa Fenton Bite Communications, for Sun 415.365.0482 Asa.fenton@bitepr.com Helena Kimball Laszlo Systems 650.358.2717 hkimball@laszlosystems.com

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

CONTACT: Asa Fenton of Bite Communications, +1-415-365-0482, or
Asa.fenton@bitepr.com, for Sun; or Helena Kimball of Laszlo Systems,
+1-650-358-2717, or hkimball@laszlosystems.com

Web site: http://www.laszlosystems.com/

Web site: http://sun.com/

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