Sun Rolls Out StarOffice 7 Office Suite to Thousands of Resellers

11/17/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced the availability of StarOffice 7 software, the latest release of Sun's multi-platform, open source-based office productivity suite to , on store shelves in time for the holidays through major retailers and e-tailers including, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Frys, Micro Center, Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples. With thousands of retail and online distribution sites, the StarOffice productivity suite is reaching millions of consumers worldwide who demand an affordable, comprehensive, compatible office productivity suite.

"At, we are committed to offering leading software products to our customers," said Bruce Saffery, divisional merchandise manager for Software, "StarOffice 6.0 was well received in customer reviews and we look forward to offering our customers the new and improved StarOffice 7."

"Office Depot is excited to offer StarOffice 7 software to its customers, which include small office/home office (SoHo), medium-sized and large businesses located in the U.S. and in 20 other countries around the globe," said John Lostroscio, vice president of technology merchandising at Office Depot. "By offering StarOffice 7, Office Depot customers benefit by having choice and saving money with their office productivity suite."

To build on the market momentum for StarOffice software and reach a broader base of online shoppers, Sun has partnered with e-commerce outsource leader, Digital River, Inc. to bring StarOffice 7 office productivity suite to its reseller channel. Digital River delivers software to more than 600 popular online retail sites, facilitating both digital download and physical fulfillment options.

"StarOffice software is gaining momentum, as a user-friendly office productivity software suite," said Joel Ronning, CEO, Digital River. "Adding StarOffice software to our portfolio further demonstrates the quality of products we are able to attract and offer for resale in well-known, high-traffic online retail sites that support thousands of e-commerce shoppers."

"We are excited about our first-class lineup of retailers and e-tailers offering StarOffice 7 to customers worldwide," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president of engineering, Desktop Solutions, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The rapidly expanding list of distributors is evidence that the market demand for affordable, full-featured office productivity software is surging as customers are seeking alternatives to proprietary and expensive suites to reduce their office productivity costs. With StarOffice 7 software, Sun continues to raise the bar of functionality and compatibility while lower the bar on costs."

StarOffice Productivity Suite
StarOffice software is an open-source based, comprehensive office productivity suite that runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux and is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The StarOffice suite has a simple, intuitive interface that includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities. StarOffice software is available in over 40 countries and from over 60 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

StarOffice 7 retails at $79.95 U.S. (MSRP) with included 60-day customer support. Key new features include direct Adobe PDF and Flash export capabilities, Microsoft Office file format compatibility, native XML support, performance and stability enhancements, accessibility and an improved look and feel. General information regarding StarOffice software can be found at and for more details on retail channels, visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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