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InfoWorld: Sun's release of StarOffice package does not include online StarPortal version

Oct 16, 2000, 23:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Still absent from the picture is StarPortal, a version of StarOffice that users will be able to access over the Internet and use as a service. While StarOffice resides on a desktop, StarPortal can be hosted on a server by a business or an ASP (application service provider) and accessed using a Web browser. Microsoft is developing a server-based version of Microsoft Office."

"Sun originally said it would release StarPortal in the first half of 2000, but the product has yet to materialize. In July, a Sun spokesman said the company hoped to begin testing a beta, or preview, version of the product soon with a few hundred users, with a view to rolling it out by the end of the third quarter."

"On Monday, Roth and another Sun spokesman were not immediately able to provide a progress update on StarPortal but confirmed that it has yet to be released."

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