I was quite surprised to notice today that the usual Java runtime automatic update which is present on almost all Windows machines (using software written in Java) was trying to convince me into downloading and installing the completely unrelated product, Open Office in addition to the its latest Java update.
Although Open Office is free and open source, Sun Microsystems reputedly have a large controlling influence, I guess this is through investing their own developers to work on the platform. I don’t know why they would want to push Open Office as opposed to any other open source product or even why they aren’t using the space to advertise something more commercially valuable.
The origin of this feature is even more interesting. The Sun Developer Network reveals the birth of this feature as a couple of “bug” reports logged in November 2007. Interestingly, these “bugs” in the Java deployment updater are classified as “high” priority and not minor as most feature requests are usually.
- Incorporate OpenOffice.org download offer in the Update dialog
- Wording changes for AutoUpdate dialog to give more info on OpenOffice.org offer
- All text in update dialogs/bubbles should be configurable through xml file
This all seems like rather a lot of work to push an unrelated free office product, although advertising during software installations is an interesting technique that I might explore for future releases of our own software.
Does anyone know definitively why Sun Microsystems is pushing OpenOffice in it’s Java updates?