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Windows NT Magazine: Sun's StarOffice Play

Dec 26, 1999, 19:23 (20 Talkback[s])

"Changing times and technologies again conspire against Office. This time, the challenge centers on a new model for software delivery based on hosted software that application service providers (ASPs) offer.'

"In August 1999, Sun Microsystems acquired Star Division, makers of the StarOffice productivity suite. Following its acquisition of Star Division, Sun announced plans to publish the StarOffice APIs and to distribute the software for free over the Internet. By the end of November 1999, more than 1,000,000 people had downloaded this freeware...."

"Now, Microsoft faces the prospect of competing against a free office suite that has file compatibility with Office and that Sun-a strong competitor-is backing. For Sun, StarOffice offers the opportunity to bolster the company's application line in a market (i.e., office productivity) that the company hasn't had a presence in. StarOffice is a good program, and even if it isn't in Office's league, businesses might find saving $500 to $800 per copy for office productivity software compelling."

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