"Sun Microsystems' StarOffice software package--a competitor of
Microsoft Office--is moving more toward the mainstream with the
coming release of version 6, Sun Chief Operating Officer Ed Zander
"StarOffice, which Sun acquired in 1999, has thus far failed to
grow much beyond the fringes of the computing world. Sun hopes to
change that with the next version by securing customers in big
business and outside the United States, Zander said.
"The tough task is to get the product to customers. Zander said
that testimony from Gateway executives at the Microsoft antitrust
trial has revealed that Microsoft's licensing agreements make it
difficult for them not to use Windows XP. And to get widespread
distribution of desktop software, "you've got to get AOL, or a
Compaq, HP, IBM or Dell," Zander said..."