Sun Microsystems: Payment Model To Be Implemented for StarOffice 6.0
Mar 19, 2002, 19:10 (69 Talkback[s])
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - March 19, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc.
today announced enhanced support offerings for the upcoming release
of StarOffice 6.0 that will expand the reach of the popular office
productivity suite. Maintaining its commitment to providing the
best value and most cost-effective solutions in multi-platform,
full-featured office productivity software, Sun will continue to
enable a no-charge download of the OpenOffice.org version of the
application through the OpenOffice.org project.
In addition, Sun will fully support the on-going community
development process through OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) and
will discontinue the no-charge download of StarOffice, instead,
offering it for sale through a variety of channels. Specific
pricing will be announced when StarOffice 6.0 is available in the
"The momentum of StarOffice 5.2 carried over to StarOffice 6.0
with nearly one million requests for download of the beta version
in just three months," said Mike Rogers, vice president and general
manager of desktop and office productivity, Sun Microsystems.
"Through the StarOffice 6.0 beta program, we gained valuable
customer feedback saying they would prefer to pay for a product
from Sun that was bundled with value-added support and services.
Therefore, our enhanced product and support offerings will meet the
diverse needs of our broad customer base, specifically, office
productivity tools for a multi-platform environment."
"It's clear that Sun is moving to a StarOffice business model
that is sustainable for the long haul," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's
vice president of system software research. "With this new
structure in place, organizations of all sizes are certain to feel
more comfortable knowing that the software will be commercially
supported and will continue to evolve with the needs of the
With the enhanced services and support, StarOffice software
(branded StarSuite in Asian markets) maintains its commitment to
providing a low cost, full-featured office suite for day-to-day
tasks, such as creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations and
databases on Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms. StarOffice
software will continue to target cost conscious organizations in
both the public and private sector who are evaluating their current
office productivity budgets.
StarOffice software will be provided at a nominal charge based
on a tiered, per-user structure. Sun will offer services and
support contracts for help desk and end-user support, training,
software upgrades and deployment and migration services.
Sun will continue to distribute StarOffice 6.0 through
agreements with hardware OEMs, Linux distributors and software
vendors. New Sun hardware, including SunRayTM appliances and
Solaris workstations, will continue to come pre-installed with the
StarOffice 6.0 software, once launched.
"StarOffice is a great value for consumers and small
businesses," said Eric Bassat, director of software at NEC CI,
product marketing EMEA. "By pre-installing StarOffice on all new PC
systems from NEC, we are able to provide customers with an
essential application for both their Home and Office needs."
"We are very excited to see a new version of the best office
suite available on Linux," said Frederic Bastok, co-founder and CTO
of MandrakeSoft. "More and more corporate users are switching to
Linux on desktops, so providing them an office suite fills an
StarOffice 6.0 also will be offered to end-users through various
retail channels. The retail package will include the software CD
and user manual, Web-based training, a bundled support incident
certificate and availability on Linux, Solaris and Windows
platforms. It will continue to be priced under $100. The education
market, which will be handled by the Sun Education line of
business, will pay only for the cost of the media (CD-ROM) and