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

May 15, 2000, 21:18 (0 Talkback[s])

"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 market."

"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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