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Forbes: Sun Readies To Take On Microsoft [w/StarOffice]

Jul 17, 2000, 18:39 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Einstein)

[ Thanks to Tom Tiller for this link. ]

"StarOffice is an unremarkable suite of applications that closely mimics but isn't quite as good as Microsoft Office. Yet if Marco Boerries of Sun Microsystems has his way, it could play a key role in changing the way we use software."

"Boerries, a 31-year-old German expatriate, sees the day fast approaching when people no longer will need software installed on their personal computers. Instead, they'll simply go online--with a PC, Internet appliance or handheld device--and use the word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software that's sitting on the server waiting for them. Documents, calendars, to-do lists and bookmarks all will be instantly available anywhere they go."

"Nothing special about that. In fact, it's the basis for the concept of application service providers, which is catching on fast throughout the industry. But Boerries has a clear advantage over other software makers because he's been developing an ASP model for productivity applications for three years--longer than the term ASP has been around--and he's almost ready to make it a reality with StarPortal, the online version of StarOffice."

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