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eWeek: Sun banks on bundling pacts to lift StarOffice

Aug 10, 2000, 19:48 (2 Talkback[s])

"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s announcement Wednesday that it has entered into agreements with four PC vendors to preinstall its StarOffice 5.2 productivity applications suite isn't exactly the second coming of Microsoft Corp.'s Office, but it's a step forward, according to one observer."

"Frankly, it feels like more of a step forward in the consumer marketplace than in the business marketplace," said Chris Le Tocq, an analyst with Gartner Group Inc. in San Jose, Calif. "Whether or not this is for business, this is an investment from Sun in increasing StarOffice's awareness. ... But Sun has a long way to go with StarOffice, and it has always been positioned by Sun more as a front end for StarPortal."

"Sun said that Sony Corp., eMachines Inc. and Everex Systems Inc. will preinstall StarOffice 5.2 on some of their desktop and laptop computers. Gateway Inc. will preinstall StarOffice on its desktops and notebooks for Sun customers."

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