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Sun takes on Microsoft

作者:何徇忤    发布时间:2019-03-07 12:05:00    

By Duncan Graham-Rowe MICROSOFT is having a rough few weeks. Hard on the heels of an embarrassing breach of Hotmail, its free Internet-based e-mail system, the company’s biggest rival Sun Microsystems has announced plans to launch free software over the Net as a rival to Microsoft’s market-leading Office package. Within the next few months, Sun plans to launch an “application service provider” that will allow customers to run wordprocessing packages, spreadsheets and other programs via a Net connection, rather than having the software installed on a computer’s hard drive. Microsoft has already countered by announcing that it is planning a similar service—although the company won’t comment on when this will start and whether there will be a charge for using the software. Microsoft boasts a 93 per cent share of the global software market. In providing a free service with applications which are compatible with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Sun believes it can undermine the giant’s position. Industry observers suspect Microsoft will respond by offering stripped-down, Web-hosted versions of its Office software for free. For more on Sun and Microsoft,

 

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