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Reuters: Sun Microsytems says Star gaining on Microsoft

Sep 14, 1999, 22:48 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neal Boudette)

"Sun Microsystems Inc said on Tuesday that it is already making progress in a bold initiative to break Microsoft Corp's stranglehold on word processing and other office productivity software."

"Earlier this month Sun acquired Star Division, a German company that developed a suite of programmes compatible with Word and other Microsoft products that dominate the market for desktop programmes."

"Sun is offering its Star Office product for free over the Internet in the hope of pulling users away from Microsoft Office, which often sells for $300 or more. "In the first week and a half since we launched it we've had over a quarter of a million people download it for free, said Sun Chief Executive Scott McNealy at an Internet conference organised [sic] by International Data Corp."

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