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Linux companies affected by Sun's Acquisition of Star Office

Sep 02, 1999, 21:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Francis Gaskins, Tom Adelstein)

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"Investor's worried about the trading value of Applix (APLX) and Corel (CORL) should take pause before they panic. The Sun (SUNW) acquisition of Star Office will help both Applix and Corel, not hurt them. Sun landed a blow to Microsoft on this purchase and helped open the door for the Linux desktop."

"First, Microsoft has held a death grip on the Office Suite or productivity market since 1995. Using a combination of tactics, Microsoft chased WordPerfect out of business, practically escorted Lotus into the arms of IBM and ended Borland's effectiveness with QuatroPro. Since Office 4.3, Microsoft has owned the productivity field."

"As Emerson might say, one's strengths are often one's weaknesses. Microsoft became vulnerable by attempting to dominate the world with their Windows operating system. Global companies such as Kimberly Clark, Ericsson, Nokia and Cap Gemini discovered quickly that the Microsoft format hampered their ability to share documents with non-Microsoft computers including IBM operating systems, the Unix flock and to some extent even Apple's Macintosh."

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