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Google and Sun to challenge Microsoft's Office

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-05
Google, the most-used Internet search engine, and Sun Microsystems said Tuesday that they would jointly promote Sun's word processing and spreadsheet software in a direct challenge to Microsoft's Office products.
 
Google will promote and distribute Sun's Java software and its Open Office productivity suite for personal computers, the companies said. They also will explore other areas for collaboration under a multiyear agreement.
 
The alliance may present one of the strongest challenges to Microsoft's dominance in word processing and spreadsheets, which generated $11 billion in sales last year.
 
Sun, which has thus far failed to make a serious dent in the dominant market share of Microsoft Office, is seeking to harness the technology that attracts 78 million users to Google's sites each month.
 
Shares of Sun, which also makes complex server computers that run Web sites and corporate networks, gained 6 cents to $4.25 in late trading Tuesday after gaining 6.6 percent on Monday in anticipation of the announcement. Google stock dropped $1.64, or 0.5 percent, to $317.04, but has climbed 64.5 percent this year.
 
Open Office is an open-source product that is compatible with all major word processing and productivity products. It is free to download, use and distribute, according to Sun's Web site.
 
The deal may help revive Sun's revenue. Sun has not increased sales or posted an annual profit in its past four years. Most of Sun's servers run its own Solaris operating system, a competitor to Microsoft's Windows, which runs about 95 percent of the PCs and about two-thirds of servers in the world.
 
Sun released its latest paid version of the Open Office program, called StarOffice 8, on Sept. 27. Sun charges for that version because the company has to pay fees for items like fonts. The company touted it as being able to work with Microsoft applications like Excel, Word or PowerPoint.
 
The StarOffice suite is cheaper than Microsoft's Office and costs $69.95 if downloaded or $99.95. A Microsoft Office Basic suite starts at $149.
 
 Google, the most-used Internet search engine, and Sun Microsystems said Tuesday that they would jointly promote Sun's word processing and spreadsheet software in a direct challenge to Microsoft's Office products.
 
Google will promote and distribute Sun's Java software and its Open Office productivity suite for personal computers, the companies said. They also will explore other areas for collaboration under a multiyear agreement.
 
The alliance may present one of the strongest challenges to Microsoft's dominance in word processing and spreadsheets, which generated $11 billion in sales last year.
 
Sun, which has thus far failed to make a serious dent in the dominant market share of Microsoft Office, is seeking to harness the technology that attracts 78 million users to Google's sites each month.
 
Shares of Sun, which also makes complex server computers that run Web sites and corporate networks, gained 6 cents to $4.25 in late trading Tuesday after gaining 6.6 percent on Monday in anticipation of the announcement. Google stock dropped $1.64, or 0.5 percent, to $317.04, but has climbed 64.5 percent this year.
 
Open Office is an open-source product that is compatible with all major word processing and productivity products. It is free to download, use and distribute, according to Sun's Web site.
 
The deal may help revive Sun's revenue. Sun has not increased sales or posted an annual profit in its past four years. Most of Sun's servers run its own Solaris operating system, a competitor to Microsoft's Windows, which runs about 95 percent of the PCs and about two-thirds of servers in the world.
 
Sun released its latest paid version of the Open Office program, called StarOffice 8, on Sept. 27. Sun charges for that version because the company has to pay fees for items like fonts. The company touted it as being able to work with Microsoft applications like Excel, Word or PowerPoint.
 
The StarOffice suite is cheaper than Microsoft's Office and costs $69.95 if downloaded or $99.95. A Microsoft Office Basic suite starts at $149.
 
 Google, the most-used Internet search engine, and Sun Microsystems said Tuesday that they would jointly promote Sun's word processing and spreadsheet software in a direct challenge to Microsoft's Office products.
 
Google will promote and distribute Sun's Java software and its Open Office productivity suite for personal computers, the companies said. They also will explore other areas for collaboration under a multiyear agreement.
 
The alliance may present one of the strongest challenges to Microsoft's dominance in word processing and spreadsheets, which generated $11 billion in sales last year.
 
Sun, which has thus far failed to make a serious dent in the dominant market share of Microsoft Office, is seeking to harness the technology that attracts 78 million users to Google's sites each month.
 
Shares of Sun, which also makes complex server computers that run Web sites and corporate networks, gained 6 cents to $4.25 in late trading Tuesday after gaining 6.6 percent on Monday in anticipation of the announcement. Google stock dropped $1.64, or 0.5 percent, to $317.04, but has climbed 64.5 percent this year.
 
Open Office is an open-source product that is compatible with all major word processing and productivity products. It is free to download, use and distribute, according to Sun's Web site.
 
The deal may help revive Sun's revenue. Sun has not increased sales or posted an annual profit in its past four years. Most of Sun's servers run its own Solaris operating system, a competitor to Microsoft's Windows, which runs about 95 percent of the PCs and about two-thirds of servers in the world.
 
Sun released its latest paid version of the Open Office program, called StarOffice 8, on Sept. 27. Sun charges for that version because the company has to pay fees for items like fonts. The company touted it as being able to work with Microsoft applications like Excel, Word or PowerPoint.
 
The StarOffice suite is cheaper than Microsoft's Office and costs $69.95 if downloaded or $99.95. A Microsoft Office Basic suite starts at $149.


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