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December 6, 1993

SUN’s SUNSELECT SET TO SHIP ITS WABI WINDOWS EMULATOR THIS WEEK

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc’s SunSoft unit says it will start delivering its Wabi Windows under Unix emulator to end users this week. It was supposed to be November, but was postponed while they fiddled with it a bit longer. SunSoft has been distributing coupons with packages of Solaris 2.3. It says its reason for doing so is to be able track Wabi and get an idea of the level of interest. It says it does not yet know whether it will continue with the coupon scheme past December 23 when its offer of a free Wabi is supposed to expire. Its distribution arm, Sunselect, claims it is not sure whether it will then put Wabi on the price list instead. Meanwhile in a classic FUD Fear Uncertainty & Doubt exercise, Microsoft Corp says it has heard from accounts that Excel 5.0, which is still in beta, and Word 6.0, which has just shipped, won’t install under Wabi, apparently because of the Object Linking & Embedding 2 code in them.

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