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ComputerWorld: Sun to push desktop apps on the network

Sep 01, 1999, 02:11 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaikumar Vijayan)

"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s strategy to offer free office productivity applications over the Web builds on the company's effort to promote user interest in hosted Internet applications."

"Sun is also making Star's current desktop suite available for free download at www.sun.com/staroffice. StarOffice's desktop software runs on Windows, Solaris, OS/2 and the Linux operating system and is being targeted as a competitor to Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite.

Sun is trying to sign up Internet service providers and application hosting services to offer StarPortal applications. AT&T, for instance, plans to offer StarPortal as part of its services to business customers when the suite becomes available. Similarly, application hosting service Digex Inc. is expected to offer StarPortal as part of its suite.

Sun will also try to get hardware vendors to bundle the software with their systems."

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