Reuters: Sun Micro to buy Microsoft Office competitor StarAug 31, 1999, 01:35 (20 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems Inc. said it will announce on Tuesday that it is buying Star Division Corp., developer of an office application suite that competes with Microsoft Corp. , as Sun seeks to move office applications beyond the personal computer."
"With the acquisition of Star Division, Sun will offer computer users Star's office productivity tools over the Internet, for free, or for sale on a low-cost compact disk, continuing Star's current distribution model."
"Sun said that it also plans to make the source code of StarOffice available over the Internet for free, making StarOffice a part of the open source community, where software and its code is given away over the Internet and programmers can update and improve the code.
"Besides Windows and Linux, StarOffice also runs on Sun's Solaris operating system and on International Business Machines Corp.'s OS/2."
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