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VARBusiness: Sun To Buy Star Division

Aug 27, 1999, 18:52 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amber Howle)

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"Sun Microsystems Inc. next Tuesday is expected to disclose plans to acquire office productivity software vendor Star Division Corp., and next month plans to unveil its new thin-client, code-named 'Corona'..."

"To some, a Star Division buy announced by itself appears to be an attempt to compete head-to-head with office productivity leader Microsoft Corp. 'It looks like [Sun] is doing a [Oracle Corp. CEO] Larry Ellison, going after Microsoft on its own ground,' said Don DePalma, president of Common Sense Advisory, a Chelmsford, Mass.-based market researcher."

"Sources close to Sun said the company was severely punished in the past for its half-baked thin-client strategy, which consisted of the JavaStation thin-client hardware and the JavaOS operating system, but no applications.

Star Division, Fremont, Calif., could bring those applications to Sun thin-clients, yet it appears the company would rather play-up the competition with Microsoft, sources and analysts speculated."

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