The University of Technology Sydney today revealed plans to dump its current Sun ONE-based email system for staff use and adopt Microsoft's Exchange.
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I recently asked readers to contact their local Sun resellers, ask about Sun Rays and Coolthreads products for their own use, and then tell me how the resellers reacted. I got some red hot email out of this - but of course this kind of thing self selects for negativity, and I got nothing that didn't reinforce perceptions I already held.
Here are today’s notable headlines. You can get News To Know via email alert and RSS daily:Mary-Jo Foley: Microsoft plays up ‘less is more’ as its holiday retail messageDeb Perelman: Signs your company might soon go belly-upChristopher Lochhead: Essential strategies for weathering the economic stormPaul Murphy: So what can Sun do?
Would you like to ask the folks at Sun a question on open source and Java, and get an official response? David Berlind and I will be participating in a briefing with Sun sometime in the next few days on that very subject. So if there's anything you'd like to know, even if it's some nitty-gritty obscure technical issue, post it in the comments here or email me. I'll take the best (and most polite ;-) ) ones with me and try my best to get you an answer for a follow-up post. Enjoy!
Friday afternoon I received and email from HP's PR firm in anticipation of a Sun launch event tomorrow in San Francisco, with CEO Jonathan Schwartz; Hector Ruiz, CEO AMD; John Fowler, Sun EVP of Systems; Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Systems Designer and some customers. HP's ambush email is basically trashing Sun's forthcoming new product announcement, which we'll find out about tomorrow.
More good news....IBM announced last weekthe awarding of a state-widecontract for e-mail and collaboration in the State of Texas...Initially13 state agencies, representing 65,000 seats, signed a letter of intentto participate in this agreement and have been actively involved throughoutthe procurement process. ...We have created a new and repeatableapproach to the delivery of email solutions across state government andhave used DIR's purchasing volume to leverage the benefits to local governmentand education. This is a good deal for Texas," said Larry Olson, ChiefTechnology Officer for the State of Texas. The contractwill deploy Lotus Domino and other IBM Workplace family software on theback-end, and offer users a choice of Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook, orweb-based access to e-mail services.More coverage in the AustinAmerican-Statesman, which reports,"IBM beat out Electronic Data Systems Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc.and Microsoft Corp. " and in Public-CIO.com.
The Sun Microsystems School of Disruptive Licensing matriculated another graduate today, as Yankee Group analyst (and Gillmor Gang regular) Dana Gardner reports:Sun Microsystems keeps moving forward the notion with solution packages at subscription pricing, and now Mirapoint, is providing a bundle of messaging appliance, security, migrations services, storage, and Outlook email connectors for $100 per user for large enterprises for the first year.
Legal requirements and data expansion make an opportunity not to be missed for email archiving vendors
Royal Sun Alliance latest to crackdown on email
Sun Microsystems is again preparing an ambitious attempt to overturn the status quo of the personal-computer industry, this time by unleashing a Web-based assault on the word-processing and spreadsheet applications now dominated by Microsoft.Tuesday, Sun formally announced its acquisition of Star Division, which makes a suite of office software known as StarOffice that includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, presentation software and email and calendar programs.