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VARBusiness: Sun's StarPortal Still On Track

Nov 12, 1999, 01:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amber Howle)

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"The StarPortal initiative, based on Sun's StarOffice suite of productivity applications, is still on track despite a confusing company report issued Tuesday... The report stated that early access, or beta, versions of StarPortal would not be available until an unspecified time next year. But the spokeswoman confirmed that the suite would indeed be available in beta this fall, as originally promised, with a final version due next spring.

Several ASP and ISP heavyweights have joined the StarPortal initiative, including AT&T Internet Services, Earthlink/Sprint, US West and Corio Inc. However, to date, Sun has not officially signed any hosting agreements. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Corel this week concluded agreements with hosting companies to get their productivity suites online in pilot phases now."

"On Tuesday, Sun said that more than 1 million copies of the StarOffice 5.1 suite had been downloaded since August and more than 500,000 had been bundled with a variety of PC and Linux manufacturers and distributors."

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