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SRO: The Network Is The Office

Sep 01, 1999, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Sun Microsystems Inc. hasn't merely acquired Star Division Corp, best known for its niche (but popular) Star Office suite. Sun is taking a radical, open source, free, thin-client approach to office productivity software. The initiative attacks Office's market domination from an entirely new direction and offers a pricing model (free, free, free) that Microsoft can't afford to match."

"Today," said to Ed Zander Sun's president, "we dot.com the office." Zander sees thin clients over the network as being the wave of the office-suite future."

"Star Office appears to be a natural extension of Sun's mantra, "the network is the computer." Of course, applications aren't operating systems or networks. Sun, with its partners, plans to provide powerful back-end servers with network applications that can be used in place of today's fat clients."

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