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Sun and Orange Collaborate to Simplify Java ME Development

Partnership Smooths Path to Market for Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, JAVAONE (SM) CONFERENCE, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. , the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, today announced it is partnering with Orange to simplify the Java (TM) Micro Edition (Java ME) application development environment, with NetBeans. The companies will collaborate to provide guidelines and tools, in order to streamline the delivery of quality applications for the widest range of mobile devices.

Sun and Orange will combine their expert resources in Java ME application development in order to deliver a Best Practice Design Guidelines document intended for the developer community to help developers create applications that require fewer versions to run on more handsets. The companies will conduct device testing using Sun's Java Device Test Suite to increase the quality of the Java ME technology implementation on terminals and phones. This testing will result in a version of NetBeans Mobility Pack which reflects and accommodates Best Practices, and is designed to provide operators with a higher level of confidence in their products.

"By collaborating with Orange, our objective is to accelerate time to revenue for developers by streamlining the application development process and enabling applications to address the widest possible segment of the subscriber base," said Alan Brenner, Vice President, Sun Client Systems Group. "Our efforts with Orange should ultimately reduce the amount of application testing required and improve economies of production for Java ME developers."

Java ME is the leading mobile application development environment among operators, and today enjoys the highest penetration of devices worldwide, with the most available applications and the largest developer community. Sun's partnership with Orange represents an investment to drive decreasing application development and lifecycle costs, increasing application portability, and increasing terminal application platform consistency and quality. The overarching objective of the Sun-Orange partnership is to increase customer satisfaction, as well as the average revenue per user.

NetBeans is an open-source project dedicated to providing rock solid software development products that address the needs of developers, users and business such as carriers. For more information about NetBeans products, visit http://www.netbeans.org/products/index.html.

About JavaOne, Sun's 2006 Worldwide Java Developer Conference

The JavaOne Conference is one of the leading events for Java technology developers. Established in 1996, the Conference provides Java technology enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about the latest Java technology innovations, get hands-on experience with the technology, network with their peers, and have the opportunity to network directly with technology experts from Java technology industry leaders. For more information about the JavaOne Conference, visit http://java.sun.com/javaone/sf.

About Orange

Orange and wirefree and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange PCS. The Orange group is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies and a subsidiary of the France Telecom group and has reporting operations in 17 countries across Europe and beyond. Within the Orange group, the Orange brand operates in the UK, France, Poland, Switzerland, Romania, Slovakia, the Ivory Coast, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, the Netherlands, Botswana, and Madagascar. The Orange group also has controlled operations in Belgium (Mobistar), a joint controlling interest in Egypt (MobiNil) and minority interests in Portugal (Optimus) and Austria (One). As at the end of December 2005, Orange had 14.9 million active customers in the UK, and over 22.43 million registered customers in France. As at the end of December 2005 (excluding 9.92 million customers in Poland) Orange reporting companies had over 71 million customers worldwide including over 10 million Amena customers in Spain. Orange, along with TIM, Telefonica and T-Mobile, is a founding member of the FreeMove alliance. Further information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at http://www.orange.com/.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- 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 sun.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bob Wientzen Sun Microsystems 303-661-4993 [email protected] Carolyn Owen Orange 44 (0) 7891 641008 [email protected] Contact: [email protected] 650-786-7737

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

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

CONTACT: Bob Wientzen of Sun Microsystems, +1-303-661-4993, or
[email protected], or [email protected], +1-650-786-7737; or Carolyn Owen of
Orange, 44 (0) 7891 641008, or [email protected]

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

Web site: http://sun.com/

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