In a bizarre turn of events, Sun Microsystems is to help Microsoft in marketing its search feature.

In terms of a deal being unveiled today, Sun's java software will carry a toolbar for Internet Explorer that features a box offering users a link to Microsoft's Live Search feature, as well as links to MSN content.
Microsoft currently holds the third-largest share of the Internet search market, way behind Google and Yahoo.
Sun currently offers a similar feature to Yahoo and Google, although the Google deal is about to expire.