CNET News.com: Sun's Microsoft Office competitor delayedNov 09, 1999, 22:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"The acquisition of office productivity software maker Star Division cost Sun Microsystems $73.5 million, but the product resulting from that deal will be delayed, the company disclosed in a [SEC] filing today."
"Sun's long-term strategy with Star Office, the product acquired from Star Division, is to offer it as software that resides on a server computer. Clients--Windows PCs and a number of other types of computers--could then tap into the word processor, spreadsheet, and other software components via the Internet.
But that new version of Star Office, called Star Portal, will be a little late, Sun said. Initially, Sun expected it to arrive by the end of 1999, but additional programming and testing activities mean that only a test version will be available then. The final version will ship in the first half of 2000..."