Sun Licenses StarSuite(TM) Software to Chinese Companies for Distribution And Collaboration

Dec 12, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that it has signed a
 definitive Technology Licensing and Distribution Agreement with three leading
 Chinese software companies to bundle Sun's StarSuite(TM) software as part of
 their platform offerings.  Sun and the three companies have also agreed to
 work on the future development and deployment of the StarSuite line of
 products.
     "China represents a huge opportunity in terms of both software deployment
 and development," says Patricia C. Sueltz, Sun's executive vice president of
 the Software Systems Group.  "Our recent decision to establish the Sun China
 Engineering and Research Institute in Beijing signifies our commitment to work
 closely with our Chinese partners to fully develop a competitive software
 industry in China that produces top-quality software for the domestic market
 as well as the global market."
     Sun signed agreements with CS&S Network Technology Co., Ltd., Red Flag
 Software Co., Ltd. and Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Co., Ltd.
 (Co-Soft).  Under the terms of the agreements, these companies agreed to
 license and bundle StarSuite software as part of their Linux operating
 platform, which they OEM to PC vendors and also sell through retail and other
 channels.
     "StarSuite software and other desktop product offerings from Sun are
 ideally suited for the China market," says Mike Rogers, VP of the Webtop and
 Applications Group at Sun.  "StarSuite software is a great help for customers
 to transition from other office products, because it offers a competitive, yet
 affordable solution for everyday needs at home and in the office, while
 maintaining compatibility and platform neutrality."
     Dr. Gao Wen, chairman of Co-Soft, strongly endorses Sun's approach to
 productivity software.  "StarSuite's entrance into the China market will
 provide users with a richer selection of office productivity suites.  Office
 automation software is an important application and using the open source
 process is a new model for software development.  I believe that Sun's
 StarSuite software will have a positive impact on open source software
 development in China.  The collaboration between Co-Soft and Sun is very
 significant for both companies.  Sun is a multi-national company that supports
 open source, while Co-Soft is an influential open source development
 organization in China. Our collaboration on the StarSuite software has
 strategic importance.  The China IT industry is paying very close attention to
 the development of the Linux operating system. Enriching its upper layer
 application software will accelerate the development of the Linux platform."
     "We are confident that StarSuite will push the development of Linux office
 applications -- a common goal for Sun and Red Flag," says Bo Liu, president
 and CEO of Red Flag Software Co., Ltd.  "As Linux use continues to grow as it
 enters more industries, we look forward to cooperating with outstanding
 partners such as Sun, to deliver better solutions to our customers."
     "Since office productivity tools are key points of Linux as a desktop
 system, the upcoming Sun StarSuite will bring a new set of tools to China's
 desktop system users while promoting the development of Linux," said Mdm. Min
 Tang, Chairman of CS&S Network Technology Co., Ltd.  "StarSuite will also help
 Cosix Linux meet the requirements of China's users.  As a Sun partner,
 Chinasoft will cooperate with Sun on the software joint-development
 information service."
     Developed through OpenOffice.org, StarSuite is a full-featured,
 multiplatform, software suite with Microsoft Office file compatibility that
 offers customers a choice in office productivity.  StarSuite software includes
 word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.  It also supports
 AutoPilot Web page design software, 3D graphics, diagrams, HTML editing,
 charting, complex formula editing, photo editing and other applications.
     StarSuite software runs on the Solaris(TM) operating environment,
 Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems.  Ideal for small business and
 home offices, educational settings, government agencies and organizations with
 mixed-platform environments, StarSuite is available in Chinese (Traditional
 and Simplified), Japanese (Kanji) and Korean, in addition to the major Western
 languages (for Western languages, the product name is StarOffice).  StarSuite
 software provides document compatibility with MS Office files and preserves
 investments users have in documents created with other office suites as it
 allows for reading, editing and saving in native MS Office and many other
 office document file formats.
 
     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. With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, 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
 and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Sun Microsystems
               Russ Castronovo
               408-863-3306
               russ.castronovo@sun.com
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that it has signed a
 definitive Technology Licensing and Distribution Agreement with three leading
 Chinese software companies to bundle Sun's StarSuite(TM) software as part of
 their platform offerings.  Sun and the three companies have also agreed to
 work on the future development and deployment of the StarSuite line of
 products.
     "China represents a huge opportunity in terms of both software deployment
 and development," says Patricia C. Sueltz, Sun's executive vice president of
 the Software Systems Group.  "Our recent decision to establish the Sun China
 Engineering and Research Institute in Beijing signifies our commitment to work
 closely with our Chinese partners to fully develop a competitive software
 industry in China that produces top-quality software for the domestic market
 as well as the global market."
     Sun signed agreements with CS&S Network Technology Co., Ltd., Red Flag
 Software Co., Ltd. and Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Co., Ltd.
 (Co-Soft).  Under the terms of the agreements, these companies agreed to
 license and bundle StarSuite software as part of their Linux operating
 platform, which they OEM to PC vendors and also sell through retail and other
 channels.
     "StarSuite software and other desktop product offerings from Sun are
 ideally suited for the China market," says Mike Rogers, VP of the Webtop and
 Applications Group at Sun.  "StarSuite software is a great help for customers
 to transition from other office products, because it offers a competitive, yet
 affordable solution for everyday needs at home and in the office, while
 maintaining compatibility and platform neutrality."
     Dr. Gao Wen, chairman of Co-Soft, strongly endorses Sun's approach to
 productivity software.  "StarSuite's entrance into the China market will
 provide users with a richer selection of office productivity suites.  Office
 automation software is an important application and using the open source
 process is a new model for software development.  I believe that Sun's
 StarSuite software will have a positive impact on open source software
 development in China.  The collaboration between Co-Soft and Sun is very
 significant for both companies.  Sun is a multi-national company that supports
 open source, while Co-Soft is an influential open source development
 organization in China. Our collaboration on the StarSuite software has
 strategic importance.  The China IT industry is paying very close attention to
 the development of the Linux operating system. Enriching its upper layer
 application software will accelerate the development of the Linux platform."
     "We are confident that StarSuite will push the development of Linux office
 applications -- a common goal for Sun and Red Flag," says Bo Liu, president
 and CEO of Red Flag Software Co., Ltd.  "As Linux use continues to grow as it
 enters more industries, we look forward to cooperating with outstanding
 partners such as Sun, to deliver better solutions to our customers."
     "Since office productivity tools are key points of Linux as a desktop
 system, the upcoming Sun StarSuite will bring a new set of tools to China's
 desktop system users while promoting the development of Linux," said Mdm. Min
 Tang, Chairman of CS&S Network Technology Co., Ltd.  "StarSuite will also help
 Cosix Linux meet the requirements of China's users.  As a Sun partner,
 Chinasoft will cooperate with Sun on the software joint-development
 information service."
     Developed through OpenOffice.org, StarSuite is a full-featured,
 multiplatform, software suite with Microsoft Office file compatibility that
 offers customers a choice in office productivity.  StarSuite software includes
 word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.  It also supports
 AutoPilot Web page design software, 3D graphics, diagrams, HTML editing,
 charting, complex formula editing, photo editing and other applications.
     StarSuite software runs on the Solaris(TM) operating environment,
 Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems.  Ideal for small business and
 home offices, educational settings, government agencies and organizations with
 mixed-platform environments, StarSuite is available in Chinese (Traditional
 and Simplified), Japanese (Kanji) and Korean, in addition to the major Western
 languages (for Western languages, the product name is StarOffice).  StarSuite
 software provides document compatibility with MS Office files and preserves
 investments users have in documents created with other office suites as it
 allows for reading, editing and saving in native MS Office and many other
 office document file formats.
 
     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. With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, 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
 and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Sun Microsystems
               Russ Castronovo
               408-863-3306
               russ.castronovo@sun.com
 
               Citigate Cunningham
               Erin Geisler 512-652-2713
               egeisler@citigatecunningham.com
 
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