Sun Expands StarOffice(TM) Software Offering

Customer and Partner Feedback Drives Increased Services and Support Low Cost

Payment Model to be Introduced



Mar 19, 2002, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced enhanced support
 offerings for the upcoming release of StarOffice(TM) 6.0 that will expand the
 reach of the popular office productivity suite.  Maintaining its commitment to
 providing the best value and most cost-effective solutions in multi-platform,
 full-featured office productivity software, Sun will continue to enable a
 no-charge download of the OpenOffice.org version of the application through
 the OpenOffice.org project.  In addition, Sun will fully support the on-going
 community development process through OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) and
 will discontinue the no-charge download of StarOffice, instead, offering it
 for sale through a variety of channels.  Specific pricing will be announced
 when StarOffice 6.0 is available in the coming months.
     "The momentum of StarOffice 5.2 carried over to StarOffice 6.0 with nearly
 one million requests for download of the beta version in just three months,"
 said Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager of desktop and office
 productivity, Sun Microsystems.  "Through the StarOffice 6.0 beta program, we
 gained valuable customer feedback saying they would prefer to pay for a
 product from Sun that was bundled with value-added support and services.
 Therefore, our enhanced product and support offerings will meet the diverse
 needs of our broad customer base, specifically, office productivity tools for
 a multi-platform environment."
     "It's clear that Sun is moving to a StarOffice business model that is
 sustainable for the long haul," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's vice president of
 system software research.  "With this new structure in place, organizations of
 all sizes are certain to feel more comfortable knowing that the software will
 be commercially supported and will continue to evolve with the needs of the
 market."
     With the enhanced services and support, StarOffice software (branded
 StarSuite(TM) in Asian markets) maintains its commitment to providing a low
 cost, full-featured office suite for day-to-day tasks, such as creating
 documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases on Linux, Solaris and
 Windows platforms.  StarOffice software will continue to target cost conscious
 organizations in both the public and private sector who are evaluating their
 current office productivity budgets.
     StarOffice software will be provided at a nominal charge based on a
 tiered, per-user structure.  Sun will offer services and support contracts for
 help desk and end-user support, training, software upgrades and deployment and
 migration services.
     Sun will continue to distribute StarOffice 6.0 through agreements with
 hardware OEMs, Linux distributors and software vendors.  New Sun hardware,
 including SunRay(TM) appliances and Solaris(TM) workstations, will continue to
 come pre-installed with the StarOffice 6.0 software, once launched.
     "StarOffice is a great value for consumers and small businesses," said
 Eric Bassat, director of software at NEC CI, product marketing EMEA.  "By
 pre-installing StarOffice on all new PC systems from NEC, we are able to
 provide customers with an essential application for both their Home and Office
 needs."
     "We are very excited to see a new version of the best office suite
 available on Linux," said Frederic Bastok, co-founder and CTO of MandrakeSoft.
 "More and more corporate users are switching to Linux on desktops, so
 providing them an office suite fills an important opportunity."
     StarOffice 6.0 also will be offered to end-users through various retail
 channels.  The retail package will include the software CD and user manual,
 Web-based training, a bundled support incident certificate and availability on
 Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms.  It will continue to be priced under
 $100.  The education market, which will be handled by the Sun Education line
 of business, will pay only for the cost of the media (CD-ROM) and shipping.
 
     About OpenOffice.org
     OpenOffice.org is the open source, community-developed, multi-platform,
 multi-lingual office suite offering key desktop applications such as word
 processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user
 interface and feature set similar to other office suites.  OpenOffice.org, the
 source project, at www.openoffice.org is the home of the open source code
 development and the community.
 
     About StarOffice Software
     StarOffice software offers a full-featured, multi-platform office suite
 with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, Web-publishing,
 charting, formula-editing and database applications that offer everyone from
 large organizations to governments to small business to individuals a cost
 effective multi-platform alternative to proprietary office suites.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, StarOffice, StarSuite,
 Solaris, SunRay and the Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith of Sun Microsystems, +1-408-276-6143, or
 brett.smith@sun.com; or Erin Geisler of Citigate Cunningham, +1-512-652-2713,
 or egeisler@cunningham.com; for Sun Microsystems.
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced enhanced support
 offerings for the upcoming release of StarOffice(TM) 6.0 that will expand the
 reach of the popular office productivity suite.  Maintaining its commitment to
 providing the best value and most cost-effective solutions in multi-platform,
 full-featured office productivity software, Sun will continue to enable a
 no-charge download of the OpenOffice.org version of the application through
 the OpenOffice.org project.  In addition, Sun will fully support the on-going
 community development process through OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) and
 will discontinue the no-charge download of StarOffice, instead, offering it
 for sale through a variety of channels.  Specific pricing will be announced
 when StarOffice 6.0 is available in the coming months.
     "The momentum of StarOffice 5.2 carried over to StarOffice 6.0 with nearly
 one million requests for download of the beta version in just three months,"
 said Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager of desktop and office
 productivity, Sun Microsystems.  "Through the StarOffice 6.0 beta program, we
 gained valuable customer feedback saying they would prefer to pay for a
 product from Sun that was bundled with value-added support and services.
 Therefore, our enhanced product and support offerings will meet the diverse
 needs of our broad customer base, specifically, office productivity tools for
 a multi-platform environment."
     "It's clear that Sun is moving to a StarOffice business model that is
 sustainable for the long haul," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's vice president of
 system software research.  "With this new structure in place, organizations of
 all sizes are certain to feel more comfortable knowing that the software will
 be commercially supported and will continue to evolve with the needs of the
 market."
     With the enhanced services and support, StarOffice software (branded
 StarSuite(TM) in Asian markets) maintains its commitment to providing a low
 cost, full-featured office suite for day-to-day tasks, such as creating
 documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases on Linux, Solaris and
 Windows platforms.  StarOffice software will continue to target cost conscious
 organizations in both the public and private sector who are evaluating their
 current office productivity budgets.
     StarOffice software will be provided at a nominal charge based on a
 tiered, per-user structure.  Sun will offer services and support contracts for
 help desk and end-user support, training, software upgrades and deployment and
 migration services.
     Sun will continue to distribute StarOffice 6.0 through agreements with
 hardware OEMs, Linux distributors and software vendors.  New Sun hardware,
 including SunRay(TM) appliances and Solaris(TM) workstations, will continue to
 come pre-installed with the StarOffice 6.0 software, once launched.
     "StarOffice is a great value for consumers and small businesses," said
 Eric Bassat, director of software at NEC CI, product marketing EMEA.  "By
 pre-installing StarOffice on all new PC systems from NEC, we are able to
 provide customers with an essential application for both their Home and Office
 needs."
     "We are very excited to see a new version of the best office suite
 available on Linux," said Frederic Bastok, co-founder and CTO of MandrakeSoft.
 "More and more corporate users are switching to Linux on desktops, so
 providing them an office suite fills an important opportunity."
     StarOffice 6.0 also will be offered to end-users through various retail
 channels.  The retail package will include the software CD and user manual,
 Web-based training, a bundled support incident certificate and availability on
 Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms.  It will continue to be priced under
 $100.  The education market, which will be handled by the Sun Education line
 of business, will pay only for the cost of the media (CD-ROM) and shipping.
 
     About OpenOffice.org
     OpenOffice.org is the open source, community-developed, multi-platform,
 multi-lingual office suite offering key desktop applications such as word
 processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user
 interface and feature set similar to other office suites.  OpenOffice.org, the
 source project, at www.openoffice.org is the home of the open source code
 development and the community.
 
     About StarOffice Software
     StarOffice software offers a full-featured, multi-platform office suite
 with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, Web-publishing,
 charting, formula-editing and database applications that offer everyone from
 large organizations to governments to small business to individuals a cost
 effective multi-platform alternative to proprietary office suites.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, StarOffice, StarSuite,
 Solaris, SunRay and the Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith of Sun Microsystems, +1-408-276-6143, or
 brett.smith@sun.com; or Erin Geisler of Citigate Cunningham, +1-512-652-2713,
 or egeisler@cunningham.com; for Sun Microsystems.
 
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