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InfoWorld: Will users win or lose if Sun's Star steals some light from Microsoft's Office

Sep 04, 1999, 20:08 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"As you probably know by now, Sun has bought Star Division and is not only giving away StarOffice 5.1, but also is planning to open up the source code for the product..."

"Sun is obviously attempting to poison Microsoft's cash cow, Microsoft Office, by giving away a competitive product for free. StarOffice 5.1 imports most Microsoft Office files reasonably well, and it looks and works enough like Microsoft Office to make the transition easy for an end-user..."

"Sun's product also has a scalability edge. I saw an early version of StarPortal almost two years ago after Star Division made a deal with Network Computer Inc. (NCI) to integrate the mostly Java-based front end to the office suite with the NCI network computer desktop operating system. It was quite impressive, considering the underpowered NC and server they used for the demo."

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