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CNET News.com: Sun finds new backers for StarOffice

Aug 10, 2000, 01:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The deals--while not with top-tier computer makers such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard or Compaq--put a tiny dent in the dominance of Microsoft's Office family. Sun is actively trying to recruit other computer makers into the program, spokesman Russ Castronovo said."

"In a third deal, Sony will include the software with its lowest-end J100 Vaio desktop in North America. Unlike Emachines and Everex, Sony will just package a StarOffice CD and won't preinstall the software, Sony spokesman David Yang said."

"The deals come six months after Sun signed a deal to have StarOffice preinstalled on some Gateway desktop and laptop computers. In that deal, Sun can refer customers who want Windows computers to Gateway, which has a variety of models with the software preinstalled, spokesman David Harrah said."

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