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Sun to Distribute StarOffice thru Google

Santa Clara, California - (The Hosting News) - September 26, 2007 - Technology firm and web hosting provider, Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s, office productivity software, StarOffice, will be available through the Google Pack software download service.

StarOffice is Sun's commercial implementation of the open source office suite OpenOffice.or and supports Open Document Format (ODF). StarOffice is also compatible with Microsoft Office documents and is supported and indemnified by Sun. Google Pack is a free collection of essential software to help users set up their computers, find things faster and stay safe online.

In addition, Sun also announced that it has added web search functionality to all StarOffice products, enabling online search capabilities directly from its productivity suite. This new functionality is now available through the Google Pack download.

Rich Green, Executive Vice President of Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. offered, ''Using ODF within StarOffice allows for interoperability and choice among those seeking free and open standards-based office productivity applications. With adoption growing at nearly three million downloads a month, we are seeing overwhelming adoption and exciting new opportunities emerging. We are absolutely thrilled to offer a new version of StarOffice that includes Google's web search capabilities.''

Google Pack offers users a safe and easy way to install all the essential software they need in a matter of minutes. The addition of Sun's StarOffice gives Google Pack users free access to an enterprise-strength office application. Starting now, users can install StarOffice as part of the Google Pack installation process.

StarOffice software is a comprehensive office productivity suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, database, drawing program, web publishing application) that runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux. Compatible with Microsoft Office, it includes a built-in PDF export tool and supports ODF, XML, Flash and HTML. Based on software, StarOffice software suite is indemnified and supported by Sun Microsystems.

Sun recently hosted its Sun Tech Days worldwide developer conferences for 2007-2008, marking the 10th anniversary of the program, with a 15 city world tour designed to educate developers in local markets. Based on feedback from developers around the world, the Sun Tech Days program has been expanded to include content on Ajax and Web 2.0 related frameworks and toolkits, application performance tuning, JRuby, and building rich Web applications with jMaki and JavaFX Script. Sun Tech Days are loaded with technical content, practical ''how to'' information, examples of real-world solutions, tips on application performance tuning, hands-on training and more.

Sun Microsystems' premier global developer conference, Tech Days, travels the globe to share expertise with the community about the Solaris Operating System, Java technology, the NetBeans IDE, Project GlassFish, OpenSolaris, Sun Studio software, scripting languages, mobile and telecommunications technologies, open source, and web application development.

The remaining Sun Tech Days 2007-2008, A Worldwide Developer Conference, will take place in Milan, Italy: September 26-28, 2007; Taipei, Taiwan: October 19, 2007; Shanghai, China: October 23-25, 2007; Beijing, China: November 1-3, 2007; Tokyo, Japan: November 6-8, 2007; Frankfurt, Germany: December 3-5, 2007; Atlanta, United States: January 9-10, 2008; Bangalore, India: February 27-29, 2008; Sydney, Australia: March 4-6, 2008; Johannesburg, South Africa: March 11-13, 2008; St. Petersburg, Russia, April 2-4, 2008; Manila, Philippines, April/May, 2008; and Mexico City, Mexico, May 21-23, 2008.

Sun began offering web hosting services, based upon the Solaris 10 Operating System, and Sun systems and storage, through a partnership with Joyent and NaviSite. The offer is available for eligible U.S. based members of the Sun Startup Essentials program, designed to help early-stage companies get to market more quickly on Sun's enterprise- class technologies at a cost that fits their needs to conserve cash.

The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed to help eligible U.S. based startup companies get to market faster while conserving cash. The program offers its members a range of discounted Sun products and services, including its award-winning Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads technology, and Sun's select StorageTek line of products, including modular disk arrays, NAS and tape storage products.

In addition to offering products and services to eligible U.S. based members, Sun also is offering free technical advice via email and access to free software such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP) optimized to run on the Solaris 10 OS. As of today, program members can also select the Web hosting infrastructure from Sun partners based on Sun technologies along with services they need, in case they choose not to build and operate the infrastructure themselves.

Sun develops technologies designed to power comprehensive markets, in more than 100 countries.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry's most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google's technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; two WIRED magazine Readers Raves Awards; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor's Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony Corporation and its global affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sequoia Capital.

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Sep 26, 2007