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Reuters: Sun Micro free software offer may spur market shift

Sep 01, 1999, 02:28 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicole Volpe)

"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s move to offer free Internet versions of office programs, such as word processing and spreadsheets, could chip away at Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of the desktop software market, analysts said on Tuesday."

"Sun's move could trigger a sea change in the software industry, with more applications and data being based on the Internet, and managed by Internet service providers, or ISPs..."

"Still, company executives pointed to the competitive advantages of the free StarOffice software, which has a look and feel that is similar to Microsoft's Office suite. Microsoft Office currently costs from $400 to $700.

"Do I think a lot of Microsoft Office users will switch? I think so," said Marco Boerries, Star Division's chief executive..."

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