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Sun looks outside for new energy

roundup The company serves notice that it's still in the game, seeking innovation near and far. Also: Consolidation comes to Sun's supercomputing activities.

roundup Faced with rising competition and a moribund economy, Sun Microsystems serves notice that it's still in the game. Among the highlights from this week's meeting with analysts: consolidation of supercomputing activities, a push for the UltraSparc processor, and plans for simpler software and a standalone IM server.

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Mark Tolliver, chief strategy officer, Sun Microsystems

news analysis Sun Microsystems tries to make clear at its two-day annual analyst conference that innovation pays--yet much of the company's biggest plans today came from innovation outside Sun.
February 26, 2003


The company expands its supercomputing activities, naming a new executive to consolidate an effort that currently spans the entire company.
February 26, 2003


Taking a page Intel's playbook, Sun Microsystems reveals many of its future chip plans as part of an effort to illustrate why the company continues to push its own processors.
February 25, 2003


At its annual analyst conference, the server company talks up the "Orion" project, an effort to make its software simpler to install, run and pay for.
February 25, 2003


Sun Microsystems plans to release a standalone instant messaging server product within the next few months, the latest sign of booming demand for corporate IM services.
February 25, 2003


Things are tough for Sun Microsystems, but CEO Scott McNealy asks analysts to keep the faith because of new technology such as "throughput computing" and "Orion."
February 24, 2003

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February 24, 2003


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February 21, 2003


A judge rules that a former employee failed to prove that the company significantly violated employment law.
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