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TechWeb: Free Apps Aren't Trusted, Sun Web Rivals Say

Sep 01, 1999, 16:49 (35 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Kimber)

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"Internet security fears and lack of features could undermine Sun's free Web application strategy, rival developers said Tuesday."

"They said they wondered if Sun missed the point when it said Corel and Lotus failed to win the Internet application market because they charged for their applications. Instead, developers said security concerns and functionality were the real reasons enterprise customers snubbed Web application portals, application service providers, and alternative Office suites."

"Microsoft spokeswoman Phyllis McNeice said security fears prevented the company from releasing a public, Internet application server even though it had developed one. It now offers it as part of the Microsoft Commercial Internet Service package for ISPs -- but no ISPs are known to have rolled it out."

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