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SRO: Sun Answers Its StarOffice Critics

Nov 23, 1999, 20:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"Sun Microsystems and GartnerGroup are at odds over consulting statements attributed to Gartner that slam Sun's StarOffice. Despite alleged compatibility issues, Sun says it expects to give away millions of copies of the suite over the next few months and claims to have signed two major PC OEMs to bundle it, although Sun will not name them."

"In addition, Sun CEO Scott McNealy says AT&T, @Home and America Online all will offer StarPortal, the Web-based version of StarOffice due in "early access" by the end of the year. A button on the portal will allow customers to synchronize their data and work off-line. StarPortal initially will support browsers, cell phones, PalmPilots and set-top boxes."

"Meanwhile, StarDivision founder and Sun VP Marco Boerries denies that Microsoft has lured away four StarOffice developers. Earlier this month, a source alleged that GartnerGroup was bearish on StarOffice because of developer departures and incompatibility issues."

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