"In an effort to knock out Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarPortal
initiative, Microsoft Corp. is teaming up with Verio Inc., among
other Web hosting companies, to offer its popular Office suite on a
pay-as-you-go basis over the Internet."
"At Fall Internet World from Oct. 6-8, Englewood, Colo.-based
Verio Corp. will give attendees a sneak preview of its forthcoming
"Virtual Office" hosting services, but will also lay out its plans
to offer rented software applications,including Microsoft
Office,over the Web sometime in 2000, a Verio spokesman confirmed
"As part of the deal, users will download a componentized
version of Office from their browser and pay Verio for the service.
The exact pricing hasn't yet been determined, Bell added."
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