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Forbes: Corona is a ray of sun (shine)

Sep 08, 1999, 16:57 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW) has a new baby. Dubbed Corona for the last nine months, this new zero-administration device called Sun Ray is expected to be announced tomorrow.

'The aim of this new device is to eliminate the cost of ownership of computers,' says Gene Banman, vice president and general manager of information appliances and WebTop devices at Sun Microsystems."

"Sun hopes to sell the device to universities and other educational institutions, financial services firms, government agencies and call centers. The device, which is roughly the size of a notebook computer, will be leased to these institutions for [US]$9.99 a month for five years."

"While attempts by Sun and cohorts such as International Business Machines (nyse: IBM) to push network computers and thin clients have fallen flat so far, Sun Ray is the first real credible threat to the Wintel duopoly in the corporate space."

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