Allied Irish Bank Selects Sun Microsystems Java(TM) Desktop System

Global Trend Continues as One of Ireland's Biggest Banking and Financial

Services Groups Turns to Sun's Java(TM) Desktop System for a Secure, Reliable

and Affordable Desktop Platform



SAN FRANCISCO, JavaOne(SM) Developer Conference, June 29

29 Jun, 2004, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today
 announced that Allied Irish Bank (AIB), one of Ireland's largest banking and
 financial services organizations, a significant private sector employer and
 one of Europe's largest indigenous companies, will migrate 7,500 desktop users
 and transition branch dependent applications across its entire branch network
 to the Sun Java(TM) Desktop System.
     This agreement, in collaboration with Horizon Open Systems, represents the
 largest financial services enterprise deal for the Java Desktop System, a
 comprehensive, secure and highly affordable desktop solution, since its
 availability in December 2003.
     AIB branch staff in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the
 United Kingdom will transition to the Java Desktop System during 2005 as part
 of the rollout by AIB of its New Branch Banking Platform (NBP). AIB chose the
 Java Desktop System for its integrated client environment based on open source
 components and industry standards. In addition, Sun's Services organization
 will provide technology consulting, support and education services to
 complement the Java Desktop System implementation.
     "The global momentum for the Java Desktop System continues at a rapid pace
 because of its affordability, enhanced security and manageability, and
 interoperability," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president, Desktop Solutions at
 Sun. "We are very pleased to have AIB as a client of Sun and see growing
 demand in the financial, education and government markets. With Java Desktop
 System Release 2, the enhanced manageability enables CIOs fine grain
 configuration and access to the desktops."
     Sun has seen an unprecedented worldwide increase in demand for alternative
 desktop technologies. The Java Desktop System has seen tremendous momentum,
 including recent government agreements with the People's Republic of China and
 the United Kingdom, and is now available on Microtel PCs from the world's
 largest retailer. Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a key component of the
 Java Desktop System, is also gaining increased momentum in the worldwide
 retail space with two million copies sold by German partner, Markement, and a
 multimillion dollar deal with 

SOURCENEXT Corporation, a leading Japanese computer products distributor, to provide the Japanese version of StarOffice(TM) software, StarSuite 7, to 25,000 retail locations in Japan and via Internet downloads. In addition, StarOffice software is migrating thousands of users in India where Sun has reached a landmark agreement with the Indian state government of Haryana and secured a 10,000-seat win with the United India Insurance Company. And with over 1,500 developers signed up to certify their applications on Java Desktop System, a wide range of communications, collaboration, entertainment and productivity solutions further the market reach and opportunity worldwide. The Java Desktop System 2, which shipped in May 2004, is designed to lower computing costs and reduce desktop management complexities while providing a familiar and secure environment. Key features of the Java Desktop System include Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a familiar look and feel and file and printing interoperability. The Java Desktop System is available on Linux and is scheduled to be available on the Solaris(TM) Operating System and on thin-client solutions from Sun. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com . NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, StarOffice, Solaris, The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sun Microsystems, Inc. Melissa Pereira 408-276-6123 melissa.pereira@sun.com Citigate Cunningham Vanessa Villacarlos 415-618-8740 vvillacarlos@citigatecunningham.com Bite Communications James Taylor/Ruth Andrew 020-8741-1123 james.taylor/ruth.andrew@bitepr.com www.sun.com/news Contact: allpress@sun.com

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today
 announced that Allied Irish Bank (AIB), one of Ireland's largest banking and
 financial services organizations, a significant private sector employer and
 one of Europe's largest indigenous companies, will migrate 7,500 desktop users
 and transition branch dependent applications across its entire branch network
 to the Sun Java(TM) Desktop System.
     This agreement, in collaboration with Horizon Open Systems, represents the
 largest financial services enterprise deal for the Java Desktop System, a
 comprehensive, secure and highly affordable desktop solution, since its
 availability in December 2003.
     AIB branch staff in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the
 United Kingdom will transition to the Java Desktop System during 2005 as part
 of the rollout by AIB of its New Branch Banking Platform (NBP). AIB chose the
 Java Desktop System for its integrated client environment based on open source
 components and industry standards. In addition, Sun's Services organization
 will provide technology consulting, support and education services to
 complement the Java Desktop System implementation.
     "The global momentum for the Java Desktop System continues at a rapid pace
 because of its affordability, enhanced security and manageability, and
 interoperability," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president, Desktop Solutions at
 Sun. "We are very pleased to have AIB as a client of Sun and see growing
 demand in the financial, education and government markets. With Java Desktop
 System Release 2, the enhanced manageability enables CIOs fine grain
 configuration and access to the desktops."
     Sun has seen an unprecedented worldwide increase in demand for alternative
 desktop technologies. The Java Desktop System has seen tremendous momentum,
 including recent government agreements with the People's Republic of China and
 the United Kingdom, and is now available on Microtel PCs from the world's
 largest retailer. Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a key component of the
 Java Desktop System, is also gaining increased momentum in the worldwide
 retail space with two million copies sold by German partner, Markement, and a
 multimillion dollar deal with SOURCENEXT Corporation, a leading Japanese
 computer products distributor, to provide the Japanese version of
 StarOffice(TM) software, StarSuite 7, to 25,000 retail locations in Japan and
 via Internet downloads. In addition, StarOffice software is migrating
 thousands of users in India where Sun has reached a landmark agreement with
 the Indian state government of Haryana and secured a 10,000-seat win with the
 United India Insurance Company.
     And with over 1,500 developers signed up to certify their applications on
 Java Desktop System, a wide range of communications, collaboration,
 entertainment and productivity solutions further the market reach and
 opportunity worldwide.
 
     The Java Desktop System 2, which shipped in May 2004, is designed to lower
 computing costs and reduce desktop management complexities while providing a
 familiar and secure environment. Key features of the Java Desktop System
 include Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a familiar look and feel and file
 and printing interoperability. The Java Desktop System is available on Linux
 and is scheduled to be available on the Solaris(TM) Operating System and on
 thin-client solutions from Sun.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading
 provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the
 Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, StarOffice, Solaris, The
 Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
      FOR MORE INFORMATION:
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Melissa Pereira
      408-276-6123
      melissa.pereira@sun.com
 
      Citigate Cunningham
      Vanessa Villacarlos
      415-618-8740
      vvillacarlos@citigatecunningham.com
 
      Bite Communications
      James Taylor/Ruth Andrew
      020-8741-1123
      james.taylor/ruth.andrew@bitepr.com
 
      www.sun.com/news
      Contact: allpress@sun.com
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.