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The Register: Sun Seeks Many Davids for MS Office Fight

Sep 03, 2002, 21:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Clarke)

"Sun Microsystems Inc is hatching a set of XML data standards for use in desktop productivity applications, in attempt to unseat Microsoft Corp's domination of office applications...

"Palo Alto, California-based Sun said Friday it is working on a set of potential standards with a series of un-named partners, and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

"No date has yet been set of submission of the standards to OASIS, as the company said it is first seeking a critical mass of support.

"Sun software group's recently appointed chief technology officer John Fowler said the goal is to open up data held on desktops running Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft's Office. He believes a set of standards-based XML specifications would enable greater interoperability of third-parties' products, such as Sun's StarOffice 6.0, with Office..."

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