(08/31/99, 11:33 a.m. ET)
By Guy Middleton, TechWeb
Sun Microsystems said Tuesday it would give away productivity applications
following the acquisition of Fremont, Calif.-based desktop software house
The acquisition gives Sun an office suite deployable across diverse clients,
with the current release running on Windows, OS/2, Solaris, and Linux, in
addition to a network computer-oriented Java release and the technology to
build a portal-based productivity application service.
"This is a network play -- we're not competing with a fat client Microsoft
Office," said Sun president Ed Zander, as he detailed the new StarPortal
product in a webcast on Tuesday. He said this would enable ISPs to add word
processing and spreadsheet applications to the popular e-mail and
calendaring functions already offered by companies such as Yahoo.
"StarOffice and StarPortal will be made available on a 'no per-seat license'
basis. We'll charge for support and customization," said Sun marketing
manager Jonathan Mills.
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