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NewsForge: Applix gives up on the Linux desktop

Nov 28, 2000, 20:09 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"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."

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