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NY Times: With Acquisition, Sun Takes Aim at Microsoft

Sep 01, 1999, 03:52 (11 Talkback[s])

"Sun Microsystems Inc. is planning an ambitious campaign to move everyday software applications like word processing and spreadsheets away from the personal computer desktop and onto the World Wide Web -- a strategy that amounts to a direct assault on Microsoft's biggest business..."

"Star Office has received favorable reviews in the trade press, and it has a devoted following among users of the Linux operating system, the only market where Star's productivity suite is No. 1. Still, the Star Office product has yet to move beyond niche status."

"But at a New York news conference today, Sun is to lay out its plan to try to catapult Star Office into the mainstream of computer software. The company, according to Sun executives, will allow anyone to download Star Office over the Internet free. More significantly, Sun intends to transform the product from software that resides on the hard disk of a PC or work station into a Web-based application that a user with Internet access can tap into from an emerging array of devices other than PC's, like hand-held computers and cellular telephones with screens."

"In Silicon Valley, there is no greater focal point of programming talent and venture investment than the new field of Web-based applications..."

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