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Red Herring: Mr. McNealy gets starry-eyed

Sep 01, 1999, 13:19 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Scott McNealy was in top form Tuesday as he explained and defended the logic of Sun Microsystems's...latest network computing play..."

""You're going to see a pretty major transition in technology as what used to be industries are becoming features," Mr. McNealy predicted. "Mail used to be an industry -- remember...Exchange? It got blown away by Hotmail. It's free. The great thing about free mail is that you don't have to pay for it. And it's outsourced. You don't want mail on your PC, you run it out over the network from your browser."

"That's the model we're moving to ... and it seems brain-dead obvious, yet it took one very bright German with a 15-year mission to finally get us to the point where we've got free network-available, object-oriented, compatible productivity tools available to anybody, anyplace, anywhere, anytime," Mr. McNealy said, referring to Star Division's founder Marco Boerries, who will stay on at Sun with the title of vice president and general manager of Webtop and application software."

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