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osOpinion: Why Sun Bought Star Division

Aug 26, 1999, 17:51 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Duane M. Gran)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

Sun recently announced intention to purchase Star Division, the makers of Star Office, for $540 million. Since most people think of Sun in terms of high end, as opposed to desktop, computing, this came as a surprise. Linux users fear that Sun will cut continued support and rumors abound, but it is a strategic move for Sun that should benefit everyone but Microsoft..."

"Why did Sun, a company who markets mostly high end Unix solutions, purchase a company which sells a desktop software suite? Sun hasn't explicitly stated their intentions, but the puzzle pieces fit nicely together..."

"All successful platforms are defined by their applications. The desktop is defined by office products and convenient Internet access. The JavaStation, coupled with Star Office, delivers both in a zero (or near zero) administrative bonus. Support and administration is the biggest expense of the Windows desktop platform."

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