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Eric Harlow -- It's a funny world: Or why Microsoft's reign is over

Sep 01, 1999, 02:19 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Harlow)

"It took me until this evening to realize the significance of the announcement that Sun is releasing StarOffice for free and releasing the source code to the office suite."

"Why pay royalties to Microsoft when a few bucks can be saved by shipping a pretty darned good alternative office suite?"

"Imagine a computer that only performs office functions like word processing, spreadsheets, email, and web surfing. Imagine it costs $100 less than the Microsoft OS computer and it doesn't crash. It also has the same StarOffice that consumers are used to using on Windows - of course, it's all on Linux. The operating system will matter less to consumers as the operating systems perform the same functions. The StarOffice on Windows looks and behaves just like the StarOffice on Linux. Consumers will want the cheaper and better operating sytem. Why pay more for less?"

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