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PRNewswire: Texas Software Startup, Serenity Systems, Advises Business Users to Get Off Windows

Sep 02, 1999, 00:20 (10 Talkback[s])

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"St.John's comment comes as a result of Sun's announcements to acquire StarDivision, developer and publisher of StarOffice, and release the product free, placing the product in the open source environment. "In January of this year I surprised some less astute industry observers by stating that Windows had reached its high water mark. I think Sun's announcement may be a key component in hastening that," St.John stated."

"This does not mean Windows is disappearing. "Still a lot of DOS out there," quipped St.John. "But you have to look at what's happening. Gartner Group has said that in 1998 65% of the developers identified Windows as their primary target platform. In 2000, GG is predicting that number goes down to 40%. Why? They want alternatives to a shrinking Windows base..."

"According to St.John business users should now take a hard look at how they justify the expense of staying on Microsoft Office "because StarOffice runs Windows, and Java, and Linux, and Unix, and OS/2. So, once off MS Office ... businesses can really start asking where they want to go today and get some different answers for a change."

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