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VARBusiness: Sun To Buy Star Division

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

"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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