SOURCENEXT Helps Expand Sun's StarSuite 7 Office in Japan

1/19/2004 - Sun Microsystems K.K. announced that SOURCENEXT Corporation, a leading Japanese computer products distributor, will provide Sun's StarSuite 7 Office Productivity Suite, a core part of the Sun Java Desktop System, at retail locations in Japan and via Internet downloads. Reaching up to 15,000 Japanese retail locations, this multi-million dollar agreement represents the largest number of new stores to date that will carry the StarSuite software. StarSuite is the Japanese version of StarOffice.

SOURCENEXT will enable users to acquire the StarSuite 7 software for an annual subscription of 1,980 Yen (less than USD$20) beginning February 5, 2004. In addition, it represents the first time that either the StarSuite or StarOffice products have been offered by a retailer on an annual subscription basis.

"Around the world we're seeing strong demand for a low-cost, multiplatform office productivity alternative. Working with leading companies like SOURCENEXT provides consumers access to the StarSuite 7 software at a price that's a true industry breakthrough," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, Sun Microsystems.

"Working with our partner SOURCENEXT, Sun is bringing a leading office productivity suite and important element of the Sun Java Desktop System to an important region. Our partnership with SOURCENEXT also showcases Sun's willingness to collaborate on individual market product delivery in ways that yield the best results for both our partners and the consumer."

StarSuite software is the Japanese version of the StarOffice productivity suite. In addition to existing computer stores, the StarSuite 7 software will be available nationwide in Japan through expanded channels including home electronic, convenience and book stores. In addition, SOURCENEXT will provide the StarSuite 7 product, without an annual subscription fee, that customers can acquire for 9800 Yen (less than USD$100), a fraction of the cost of the Microsoft Office software.

About StarOffice Productivity Suite
A key component of the Sun Java Desktop System, 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 is available in worldwide retail outlets such as, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Frys, Micro Center, Office Max, Office Depot and Staples for $79.95 U.S. (MSRP) which includes 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

About SOURCENEXT Corporation
SOURCENEXT was established in August 1996 to plan, develop and sell personal computer software products of 150 titles in total and has 1.5 million registered users in Japan. It has the largest volume of PC software sales in Japan in 2003 (GfK Survey / 3,400 home electronics store POS data). With its commodity strategy of 2003, the SOURCENEXT's main products are all priced at 1,980 Yen, and its channel was expanded from 2,500 to 10,000 stores in Japan.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, StarOffice, StarSuite, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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