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CNET News.com: Microsoft to counter Sun software giveaway plans

Sep 03, 1999, 14:41 (9 Talkback[s])

" 'We certainly will have Web-based office productivity services, no doubt about it,' Microsoft president Steve Ballmer is quoted as saying in tomorrow's Financial Times.

The admission is no surprise. When Microsoft announced Office 2000 in June Ballmer also detailed a new set of Web-collaboration services based on Office 2000 that will be hosted by internet service providers Concentric Network and Verio, InterLand, and AIS.

The services will be based on Microsoft Office, the package of productivity programs that brought in 40 percent of the company's revenues last year. Ballmer would not say when the services might be offered, and did not address the issue of whether Microsoft would charge for use of the programs."

" 'This move by Sun really has no bearing on our product development and marketing efforts,' Andrew Dixon, group product manager for Microsoft Office, previously told CNET News.com. Microsoft already has versions of its Office products that run on a central server, he said."

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