3/19/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced that OEM software distributor Markement has sold more than one million copies of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, a key component of the Java Desktop System. This milestone demonstrates strength among users looking for an affordable, full featured, highly compatible Microsoft Office alternative with innovative features such as easy Adobe® PDF and Flash file export. With more than 40 million copies distributed to date, the compelling feature set and high value have helped position StarOffice software and its open source counterpart, OpenOffice.org productivity suite, as one of the most popular choices among consumers, enterprises and governments worldwide. Markement distributes StarOffice productivity suite licenses with its software bundle, PCSuite, to major personal computer (PC) manufacturers and large retail store chains in Germany.
"StarOffice productivity suite has proven to be one of the most popular applications in PCSuite, and therefore serves as the cornerstone of our offering," said Stephen W. Keck, managing director, Markement. "Our success further validates that StarOffice software is ready for the global mainstream market. We expect millions more copies to be sold through our distribution channel."
In an unprecedented worldwide increase in popularity, Sun has seen millions of downloads of StarOffice/OpenOffice.org software. Most recently, Sun announced a 10,000-seat win with the United India Insurance Company and a landmark agreement with the Indian state government of Haryana. Sun also announced a multimillion dollar deal with SOURCENEXT Corporation, a leading Japanese computer products distributor, to provide the Japanese version of StarOffice software, StarSuite 7, to 15,000 retail locations in Japan and via Internet downloads. The Java Desktop System has also seen tremendous momentum with recent government agreements with the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom.
"Enterprises across the world continue to view the Java Desktop System, and our StarOffice productivity suite, as core to their ability to lower costs, increase security, and drive reliability into their currently brittle and insecure Windows environment," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "A fundamental shift in the desktop software landscape is upon us; StarOffice software and Sun's Java Desktop System have been the catalysts responsible for bringing about these changes in marketplace dynamics."
Sun's Java Desktop System and StarOffice 7 productivity suite will be showcased at CeBIT from March 18th through the 24th at Sun Booth Hall 1, Stand 8A1/8A2 and at Markement Booth Hall 2, Stand A58.
Java Desktop System
The Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and leverages existing infrastructure. Key features include a well-defined, integrated look and feel, familiar desktop themes, as well as document and printing interoperability with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments.
U.S. list price for the Java Desktop System is an annual $100 per desktop user or $50 per employee for existing Java Enterprise System customers. For a limited time, Sun is offering an aggressive trade-up program for users looking to move off their existing desktop. By providing proof of purchase to their existing desktop environment, qualified users will be able to purchase the Java Desktop System for $50. For more information, visit http://www.sun.com/javadesktopsystem.
StarOffice Productivity Suite
A key component of the Java Desktop System, StarOffice productivity suite is an open-source based, rich and comprehensive office productivity suite that runs on Solaris, Linux and Windows and is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. StarOffice software has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities. StarOffice software is available in over 40 countries and from over 60 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), major retail and e-tail outlets, and as a digital download at http://www.sun.com/staroffice.
StarOffice 7 is priced at $79.95 retail, which includes 60-day support. StarOffice 7 software includes Adobe® PDF and Flash export capabilities, increased Microsoft Office compatibility, performance enhancements, accessibility and an improved look and feel. Pricing for the Enterprise Edition, which adds an enterprise configuration and management tool as well as a software development kit ranges from $60 per user for 25 users to $25 per user for 10,000 users.
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
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, StarOffice, Java 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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