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SF Chronicle: Sun Micro Wishes on StarOffice Software

Mar 07, 2000, 20:28 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly Zito)

"At first glance, StarOffice looks like a case of Sun Microsystems trying to beat Microsoft at its own game."

"Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll find that Sun believes its free, downloadable office software, and an upcoming portal that lets workers tap into their company network from any Internet-connected computer, will do no less than revolutionize the way the world computes...."

"Unlike conventional software contained on a CD, StarOffice ``lives'' on large servers. At the Sun site, www.sun.com, consumers and businesses can download the 65 megabyte file using a standard Internet browser. The StarPortal, due late this summer, will take the concept one step farther. Like Internet-based e-mail, users will go to the site, type in a user name and password, and manipulate corporate files all on the server. For instance, a traveling salesperson could log onto the company network via a PC sitting in a client's conference room and pull up a presentation. No more software to install or even download."

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