December 17, 1996 5:45 PM ET
SunSoft, Netscape to unveil intranet collaboration deal
By Lisa Wirthman

  SunSoft Inc. and Netscape Communications Corp. will announce tomorrow an agreement to collaborate on intranet technologies, according to sources.

Netscape has agreed to provide support for SunSoft's WebNFS and Joe Internet software in Netscape products, sources said.

WebNFS is SunSoft's Internet file system technology that enables fast transmission and downloading of FTP and HTTP files, according to SunSoft officials in Mountain View, Calif.

Netscape plans to support WebNFS in its Navigator browser and forthcoming Communicator client software, as well as in its SuiteSpot intranet server family and Netscape ONE (Open Network Environment) platform, sources said.

Other licensees of WebNFS include Oracle Corp., Spyglass Inc., IBM, Sequent Computer Systems Inc., Auspex Systems Inc. and SunSoft parent Sun Microsystems Inc. SunSoft also plans to embed WebNFS into its own Solaris operating system by early next year, officials said.

Netscape also will announce tomorrow plans to provide interoperability between its Netscape ONE platform and SunSoft's Joe software, sources said.

Joe connects Java applets running on desktops to business applications running on servers, SunSoft officials said.

SunSoft and Netscape officials declined to comment. SunSoft can be reached at www.sun.com/sunsoft. Netscape, also in Mountain View, Calif., can be reached at www.netscape.com.

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