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ZDNet: Sun Expands StarOffice Giveaway

Sep 17, 2002, 14:30 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems will give away its StarOffice software to ministries of education in Europe and Africa, the company is expected to announce Tuesday, in an effort to undermine rival Microsoft.

"'Sun is committed to giving the global education community access to the StarOffice productivity suite at no cost,' Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research, said in a statement. If each copy of the software were purchased separately, the value of the deal would be more than $5.7 billion, Sun plans to announce.

"Sun in March donated StarOffice to China's ministry of education earlier this year. That deal, plus similar ones with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chile, meant that about 200 million students could use StarOffice, Sun said. The new deals could add about 24 million students to the total..."

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