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Sun Microsystems Announces Jini Technology

Sun Microsystems Inc. Monday released its new "Jini" Java-based networking technology that enables instant network connectivity using many different electronic devices.

Jini enables the creation of a universal network that users are able to connect to using a variety of different electronic devices. Compatible devices currently being developed include computers, printers, disk drives, phones and cameras. Sun believes that in the future, Jini will support applications which range from mainframe computers to smart cards the size of a credit card.

Sun intends to make it as easy to add an electronic device to a network as it is to plug in a cordless phone. The company feels that as new wireless networks become more commonplace, the devices won't even require a phone plug, as they will automatically connect to a Jini network as they are switched on.