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Sep 20, 1999, 21:07 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Industry observers joke that Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy?s goal in life seems to be the downfall of Microsoft."

"Now, with a suite of recently announced products that strikes at the heart of Microsoft?s core businesses, McNealy may have the arsenal and the opportunity to make some real headway in his often quixotic struggle. Those products include a new 'open-source' microchip; the Sun Ray 1 'thin client' desktop; and the free StarOffice package of office software programs."

"Last month, Sun announced it would produce a new microchip called MAJC that will serve as a flexible, high-powered processor to be used on its own in lightweight devices or in conjunction with SPARC microprocessors..."

"The idea of the 'thin client'... is to keep heavy, intensive computing off the desktop and on the server. ... And it obviates the need for a bunch of Windows NT seat licenses."

"Finally, in order to bolster the use of its hardware and take away from one of Microsoft?s primary cash cows, Sun recently purchased the independent Star Division Corp. and now offers the StarOffice office software suite free on CD-ROM and via the Web."

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