Internet Week: Sun Touts Web-Based Productivity AppsSep 06, 1999, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Schreier Hohman)
"Sun is readying INternet-based office productivity software that the company hopes will change the way IT thinks about thin clients, application servers and, potentially, all PC-based applications."
"In its current version, StarOffice needs a PC to run. Engineers from Star Division and Sun are retooling the suite for use with a Java front end, to be served up by application service providers using server software called StarPortal. It's expected to be available for early users by the end of October and in general availability early next year.
'StarPortal represents an interim generation of service provider software,' said Wohl Associates analyst Amy Wohl. The next generation will bring applications written specifically for the Web, so that IT will not need to install and maintain the apps, she added."