7/1/2003 - Proving its dedication to reducing costs and complexity for education institutions while delivering greater choice, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) continues to expand its no-cost StarOffice licensing program throughout the United States. Sun now reaches more than one million students and faculty members, having recently signed up several new K-12 schools and school districts from Alaska to Tennessee. To date, Sun's free StarOffice licensing and redistribution agreements in the U.S. equate to more than $29 million worth of StarOffice software and training.
This year alone, Sun signed on more than 800 new schools and school districts, bringing the total of students, faculty and staff benefiting from the StarOffice agreements to more than one million. In the past four months, Sun has signed up school districts in Alaska, South Dakota and Texas, as well as Hamilton County School District in Tennessee, the Texas School for the Blind, and South Glen Falls Central School in New York. Sun began offering the no-cost licensing model and free Web-based training last year, with overwhelming acceptance in the education community.
"Through the Teacher Laptop Program, Dallas ISD will be providing laptop computers to over 11,000 teachers over the next 18 months," said Cheri Halderman, director of technology for Dallas Independent School District. "With no-cost StarOffice licensing from Sun, we are able pre-install a full-featured office suite that meets the needs of our teachers and provides our school district with significant cost savings."
"After evaluating all of our options for office productivity software, Sun's StarOffice suite stood out as the best solution to meet the growing needs of our school district," said Wayne Starr, director of information services for Hamilton County Department of Education. "StarOffice is both cost-effective and easy to use, making it an ideal choice for our students and faculty, and for the school's bottom line."
StarOffice 6.0 operates under the Solaris/SPARC(R), Linux and Windows/x86 operating environments and is interoperable with other office productivity suites, providing education customers with true freedom of choice. Helping administrators keep costs down even further, Sun offers free Web-based training to users who are not familiar with the software or who would like more advanced training.
Additionally, Sun has developed the StarOffice Leadership Academy, which specifically targets the primary- and secondary-school market. This three-day, train-the-trainer institute prepares educational authorities and school districts to conduct their own instructor-led programs on how to effectively integrate StarOffice into their curricula.
The Sun Academic Initiative (SAI) is a vehicle Sun uses to provide curriculum, delivery infrastructure and program support on the StarOffice productivity suite, as well as other Sun technology to hundreds of non-profit academic institutions globally. Through the SAI, qualified institutions such as K-12 schools can deliver:
At Sun, it's our goal to get every academic institution – every student, faculty, staff member, and parent – connected with the technology they need to most effectively deliver learning content, said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems, Inc. The licensing and redistribution agreements are just one part of our overriding effort to help schools create a network computing model using open technology solutions at a price they can afford. We're proud that StarOffice acceptance is growing so rapidly and we'll continue to build on this momentum moving forward, both in the United States and abroad.
StarOffice supports almost 20 languages, with the recent introduction of StarOffice 6.0 in Greek, Polish and Turkish.
For more information on StarOffice for Education go to http://www.sun.com/edu/staroffice or contact a local Sun Global Education and Research sales representative.
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 http://sun.com
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