Feeds

Sun nails StarOffice win in India

Outsourcing cheap software

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Sun Microsystems has outmanoeuvred Microsoft with a StarOffice win in the Indian state of Haryana.

The Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sun to use StarOffice 7 across all state departments. This marks a major deal for Sun and open source software in India and adds to a trend of governments looking to use free software instead of Microsoft's products.

"We are extremely pleased to enter into this agreement with Sun Microsystems," said Dr Harbaksh Singh, the commissioner and secretary to the government of Haryana's electronics and IT department. "The MOU marks a landmark agreement for us in our efforts to drive IT adoption in the state. This deal with Sun will enable the government of Haryana to significantly ramp up desktop penetration within its departments, as the cost of installing desktops are expected to come down dramatically."

StarOffice is Sun's version of the open source OpenOffice productivity suite designed to compete against Microsoft Office. StarOffice runs on Windows, Linux and Solaris and is priced at between $25 and $50 per user for government customers.

Last month, Sun won a deal with United India Insurance for 10,000 StarOffice licenses. In addition, government bodies in the UK, Germany, Brazil and parts of Asia have been on an open source software tear, looking at software such as StarOffice and also the Linux operating system. ®

Related stories

Sun finally ships StarOffice for Solaris x86
Sun tunes up StarOffice Slurpee in Japan
Sun's Linux desktop off to flying start

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.