TechWeb: Free Apps Aren’t Trusted, Sun Web Rivals Say

“Internet security fears and lack of features could undermine
Sun’s free Web application strategy, rival developers said

“They said they wondered if Sun missed the point when it said
Corel and Lotus failed to win the Internet application market
because they charged for their applications. Instead, developers
said security concerns and functionality were the real reasons
enterprise customers snubbed Web application portals, application
service providers, and alternative Office suites.”

Microsoft spokeswoman Phyllis McNeice said security fears
prevented the company from releasing a public, Internet application
server even though it had developed one.
It now offers it as
part of the Microsoft Commercial Internet Service package for ISPs
— but no ISPs are known to have rolled it out.”