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PC Week: Will StarOffice purchase make Sun shine?

Sep 07, 1999, 19:19 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Coffee)

"With its acquisition of Star division and its flagship product, the StarOffice 5.1 productivity suite, Sun finally has an answer to the perennial question that's asked by PC users in search of an alternative to Windows. The persuasiveness of Sun's answer remains to be seen, but that answer deserves to be considered by business computing systems buyers."

"When Sun launched Java and took on Microsoft for the role of corporate desktop architect, Sun hoped that an operating- system-agnostic application platform-specifically, the Java-enabled browser-would level the playing field for operating systems such as OS/2 and Linux (and even, ahem, Solaris)."

"Any of these alternative operating systems surpasses Windows 95 and Windows 98 and even, in some cases, Windows NT in key areas-whether we're talking about the deep and consistent object-based desktop environment of OS/2's Workplace Shell, the 64-bit scalability of Solaris, or the low cost and rapid evolution of Linux."

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