ATLANTA--Sun Microsystems, Inc., the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, today announced that it is working with Research In Motion (RIM) to extend mobile Java Web services technology to the more than one million customers currently using BlackBerry. Sun and RIM will enable the end-to-end secure delivery of enterprise data via BlackBerry based on Sun's Java Enterprise System, Java technology for mobile devices, and Web Services technologies.

"Web Services will enable IT departments to fully and securely extend their existing applications and systems to BlackBerry users," said David Yach, Senior Vice President of Software at Research In Motion. "Together with Sun Microsystems, we are leveraging the power of Java Web services and BlackBerry to enable secure electronic business using wireless."

"There is an immediate need for today's companies to connect corporate networks to mobile devices to increase productivity, value-chain efficiency, sales and, most importantly, help to establish and strengthen personalized customer relationships," said Alan Brenner, Vice President of Consumer and Mobile Systems Group at Sun Microsystems. "Our alliance with a leading mobile enterprise solution provider like RIM demonstrates the potential of Java technology to help enterprises massively improve productivity and customer loyalty with BlackBerry."

The Sun-RIM relationship is expected to greatly expand mobile data services in networked applications and extend their reach into enterprise markets. Sun will work closely with RIM to help developers, software vendors and solution providers to simplify the development and deployment of mobile enterprise applications based on Web services with Java technology.

The Java technology and Web services platform (JSR 172) is poised to propel a new generation of networked data services for mobile devices. This latest addition to the J2ME platform is WS-I compliant and allows mobile devices to access Web services using XML and SOAP protocols. It is interoperable and available through Java technology for Smartphones HotSpot Implementation and the award-winning J2ME Wireless Toolkit.

Source: Sun Microsystems Inc.

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