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Sun broadens its horizons

The company snaps up Forte Software for $540 million, a few days after buying a competitor to Microsoft Office.

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The company snaps up Forte Software for $540 million, a few days after buying a competitor to Microsoft Office.

"This gives [Sun] a more palatable way to sell application server software."

- Mike Gilpin, an analyst with Giga Information Group

 


Sun's Forte buy gives server software a boost
Sun's acquisition of the toolmaker could give the company an advantage in the corporate software market with a set of easier to use, more capable development tools.

Sun acquires toolmaker Forte for $540 million
Sun Microsystems agrees to acquire software developer Forte Software for $540 million in stock in a deal that will expand Sun's network computing software.

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Sun buying Microsoft Office competitor
Sun Microsystems is finalizing a deal to buy Star Division, a maker of a software suite similar to Microsoft Office, and it appears that it is off on a second attempt for desktop glory.

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