"Sun Microsystems announced a deal Wednesday to install Sun's
StarOffice software on some European Sony PCs, marking another
defection from dominant Microsoft products.
"By the end of the year, Sony will include version 6.0 of
StarOffice on most consumer desktop PCs sold in the United Kingdom,
France, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to Sun.
Microsoft's Works package is currently used on most of those
"The deal makes Sony the first top-tier PC maker to use
StarOffice and marks another dent in Microsoft's dominance of
office applications, a market led by Works and its more expensive
business-oriented sibling, Microsoft Office..."