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InfoWorld: Sun to acquire StarOffice for hosted applications

Aug 29, 1999, 02:15 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems on Tuesday in New York is expected to announce the acquisition of Star Division's StarOffice 5.1 suite of Java-based productivity applications..."

"In scooping up Star's technology, Sun acquires not only a line of downloadable thin-client Java productivity applications, but a slew of multiplatform client applications, which may mean Sun will soon deliver client devices installed with client software."

"... Sun's main objective with the multilanguage Star products is to rush to become the leading global provider of Internet-based applications hosting infrastructure -- from hardware platforms to application servers to hosted e-mail to Java productivity applets -- for the fast-growing service provider and portals businesses."

"... the ability for home-based users to access a robust set of free applications from free PCs over inexpensive Internet connections may soon prompt a radical shift at corporations away from such large PC client packages as Microsoft Office, analysts said."

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