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Update: internetnews.com: Next Up: Google Office?

“There’s a Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.
These times must be really interesting for Steve Ballmer.

“Microsoft’s CEO allegedly said he’d crush Google, his company’s
rival in search, and the lucrative ad business it engenders. On
Tuesday, Google may strike back at Redmond’s heart: Microsoft
Office.

“Google and Sun Microsystems will hold a press conference on
Tuesday at which they’re expected to announce a collaboration to
bring StarOffice productivity applications to Google users…”

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Bloomberg: Google, Sun to Challenge Microsoft With
OpenOffice

“Google Inc., the world’s most-used Internet search engine, and
Sun Microsystems Inc. will jointly offer online word processing and
spreadsheet functions in a direct challenge to Microsoft Corp.’s
Office products.

“Google will promote and distribute Sun’s OpenOffice software
for personal computers, the companies said in a statement today.
They also will explore other areas for collaboration under a
multiyear agreement…”


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