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SolarisGuide: Sun Releases StarOffice 6 Beta

Oct 02, 2001, 15:43 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

The download page for Sun's StarOffice 6 Beta is now available, though the site is consistently reporting high volume demand and failing to provide the files for download.

Sun's product site provides a limited overview of some of the new features to be found in this release.

SolarisGuide has the story:

Attempting to counter Microsoft Office's dominance on the desktop, Sun Microsystems will release on Tuesday a beta version of StarOffice 6.0 office-productivity software for download.

StarOffice is a combination word processor, spreadsheet manager, HTML editor, and Web/mail browser. Running under Linux, Solaris, and Windows, StarOffice is part of Sun's strategy to wean users from Microsoft. That strategy has proven to pique the curiosity of users across the board, as previous versions of StarOffice has been downloaded by more than six million users.

"In the face of decreasing IT budgets, StarOffice 6.0 provides users a high quality, low-cost choice for office productivity software," said Tony Siress, Sun's director of marketing and business development, Webtop Applications and Software Group, in a press release. "We've developed the new features, interoperability and compatibility enhancements based on feedback from our existing users and the open-source developer community via OpenOffice.org."

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