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About.com: WordPerfect Office 2000 vs. StarOffice 5.2

Apr 22, 2000, 14:50 (8 Talkback[s])

"They're here, and right on schedule: Corel's long-awaited release of the complete WordPerfect Office 2000 suite for Linux and Sun's new incarnation of StarOffice, which it acquired last year from German software maker StarDivision. How do they stack up against each other? Which one is for you? And does the Corel offering give StarOffice enough of a drubbing to justify its $100+ price tag, compared to the $0.00 cost for personal StarOffice use? That's what we're about to find out."

"It should be noted that StarOffice 5.2 is still in its beta cycle. This means that the official release, which will come later this quarter, should be less buggy. Though some will cry foul at a comparison between a shipping retail product and a beta cycle product, in this case, it's a good idea to read the reviews before making any judgments about the fairness of the comparison."

"Both of these suites are built from or include a number of different productivity components, and each has components or features that the other doesn't. ... The truth, however, is that most business and home users want an office software suite for two basic purposes before all else: word processing and spreadsheets. Because of this, this review focuses on these two functions, though there may be a mention or two of other components along the way."

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