January 30, 2001

Are we really ready for a Web-based services model?

Author: JT Smith

PC World examines the Application Service Provider market, questioning if the services are ready for the world. "Sun's vision of the future centers on open-source, free or low-cost
applications available over the Web. In 1999, the company announced
StarPortal, a Web-based version of its office suite, originally scheduled for
release in early 2000."

But 2000 has come and gone, and StarPortal has yet to appear. Where is it,
and how does its tardiness reflect on the vision of software as a Web-based
service?"

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