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eWeek: Open-source StarOffice earns early praise

Jul 21, 2000, 11:33 (5 Talkback[s])

"Although Microsoft Office users aren't likely to switch their desktop software, they believe Sun is making a smart move by opening up the source code, XML file formats and APIs to the development community and that small businesses are more likely than large businesses to adopt it."

"Opening the source code makes it much more receptive to the industry," said Matt Merrick, executive vice president of information technology at Merrick Printing Co. in Louisville, Ky. "However ... when both companies, Microsoft and Sun, fully transition to offering an [application service provider] product, Sun would have a shot at having a respectable market share."

"With the ASP service, Merrick said Sun could grow the StarOffice installed base to between 5 and 10 percent."

"If the open-source community really embraces this as they have with Linux, you could have some very serious desktop tools," said Steve Curcuru, resident wizard at Mugur Enterprises Inc. in Boston and an eWEEK corporate partner. "It will take a minimum of a year. There could be some serious competition to Microsoft in two years."

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