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Sep 02, 1999, 20:37 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Sun's move to offer free Internet versions of office programs, such as word processing and spreadsheets, could chip away at Microsoft's dominance of the desktop software market, analysts said Tuesday."

"Analysts said Sun's move could trigger a sea change in the software industry, with more applications and data being based on the Internet, and managed by Internet service providers -- much like electronic mail is now handled."

"Scott McNealy, Sun's CEO, downplayed the threat to Microsoft... Still, company executives pointed to the competitive advantages of the free StarOffice software, which has a look and feel that is similar to Microsoft's Office suite. Microsoft Office currently costs from US$400 to $700."

"Analysts said they expected the move to erode Microsoft's customer base, especially new users, rather than cause an immediate upheaval in the industry."

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