LinuxPR: FreeDesk.com and VistaSource, Inc. to Provide Free Office Suite

“FreeDesk.com becomes VistaSource’s first licensee in ASP
targeted growth market”

“VistaSource, Inc., a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Applix,
Inc. (NASDAQ: APLX) announced today that FreeDesk.com has become
the first Application Service Provider (ASP) to license VistaSource
Anyware Office to provide a free, full-featured application suite
accessible from any web browser. Anyware Office includes
VistaSource’s award-winning word processor, spreadsheet, email,
graphics and presentation tools, all accessed through a uniquely
small but powerful Java client. Anyware Office is the leading
full-featured office suite available for the rapidly growing ASP

“In addition to creating a significant first mover advantage for
FreeDesk.com as the provider of “free access to the world’s first
complete web-based office suite anywhere, anytime”, the agreement
is also an interesting case in the exploration of the VistaSource
“Source Access” program. This program empowers ASP licensees by
offering a variety of licensing and branding options, including
access to the source code. ASPs can choose to deliver Anyware
Office on a named-user, concurrent-user, or unlimited-user basis.
FreeDesk.com is the first to take advantage of the third option,
which is to purchase the site-wide deployment of the suite without
limitation to the number of concurrent users. Under this particular
agreement, FreeDesk.com has also purchased a license to use and
modify the underlying source code.”

“VistaSource also offers various levels of branding options to
its ASP’s, from full branding as a VistaSource product, to a
completely re-branded, private label product. “


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