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InfoWorld: Sun recasts StarPortal as Webtop

Feb 06, 2001, 22:53 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems unveiled its much-anticipated set of Web-enabled productivity applications, called Webtop, during a Monday news conference here where the company revealed what it aims to be its Internet services attack on rival vendors."

"The Webtop 1.0 developer release arrives almost 18 months after Sun first announced its vision of anytime, anywhere productivity applications with the StarPortal project. During Monday's Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) launch, Sun executives casually mentioned the name switch to Webtop and made no mention of the project's lengthy delivery delay...."

"The next big thing for us is to support other platforms," said Gina Centoni, senior director for Sun's Web and applications business unit. The company will release Webtop versions compatible with the Linux OS in March and then support for Microsoft's Windows 2000 by the end of the third quarter. Sun will also deliver Bersion 1.1 of Webtop with added offline support features by the fourth quarter, Centoni said."

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