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PC Week: Microsoft crafts an answer to Sun's Star Division buy

Sep 02, 1999, 22:07 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Former SGI CEO Richard Belluzzo -- who as of Thursday became Microsoft Corp.'s group vice president of its Consumer and Commerce Group -- has his work cut out for him."

"Besides fixing a division that Microsoft officials characterize as being beset by a disproportionate share of "fits and starts," Belluzzo will be charged with helping Microsoft chart a hosting strategy for its applications, especially Microsoft Office."

"During a conference call to acknowledge Belluzzo's appointment on Thursday, Microsoft President Steve Ballmer told reporters and analysts that Microsoft will definitely have an answer to Sun Microsystems Inc.'s acquisition this week of Star Division Corp.'s StarOffice suite. Sun already is making StarOffice available for download from its Web site and will enable users to rent the desktop software via its StarPortal service."

"We will have Web-based Office productivity services. Full stop, yes," Ballmer said, in response to a question on Microsoft's intentions in the hosting arena. But Ballmer declined to provide a timetable for providing these services."

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