"Applixware is arguably the most stable and mature Linux office
suite available, but it will no longer be aggressively marketed as
a desktop product, according to VistaSource marketing vice
president R.J. Grandpre. VistaSource is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Applix (NASDAQ: APLX) that was formed specifically to market
Applixware products. "
"Despite a recent price cut for the Applixware Office package
from $99 per copy to $49, it couldn't compete in the
marketplace with Sun's StarOffice, which costs nothing. And with
KOffice -- also free -- rapidly becoming mature and stable enough
to be useful for everyday work, it was time for Applix to throw in
the desktop towel. "We typically come out on top when compared
to StarOffice," Grandpre says, "but it has been impossible to
differentiate ourselves enough to get people to pay for Appplixware
when they can get [other Linux office suites] for free."
"Future Applix products will concentrate on the serverside
marketplace. An online demo version of the next generation of
"Web-enabled" Anyware Office, which works on any operating system,
is scheduled to be available through the VistaSource Web site "in a
couple of weeks," says Grandpre. A current version is available
now; Grandpre says the new one will incorporate a "smaller and more
stable Java applet that will be surprisingly fast to download and
run through all but the slowest connections."