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ConsultingTimes: A New Star is Born: StarOffice 6 Rises to the Desktop Challenge

Oct 26, 2001, 21:36 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen E. Harris)

[ Thanks to Erwin Zijleman for this link. ]

"As the opening salvo in our StarOffice/OpenOffice series, ConsultingTimes is delighted to present an exclusive interview with Iyer Venkatesan, the StarOffice product manager. He gives us an inside look at how Sun is positioning StarOffice, the target audience, key development goals, and other issues that are sure to be of interest.

CT: Who do you see as the target audience for StarOffice 6?
Venkatesan: The target audience for StarOffice in general is organizations and customers that want an affordable alternative -- that want a choice, not only in office productivity, but also in what platform -- what operating system -- and what file formats they want to use.

Given those two overarching things, StarOffice lends itself to being received very well by enterprises with multi-platform needs, and those with budget constraints -- small and medium businesses that are strapped for cash -- and would like to put their money into things that will bring them revenue, but need an office productivity suite to get them going. Education and government are a couple of the other audiences. There's also the consumer or end-user market -- the student, or the person who needs something to use at home.

It's a broad range of targets, but they all have two or three things in common. They want affordable alternatives, and they want choice in office productivity. When you choose StarOffice, you also have a choice of the operating system and platform you want. They obviously want a full-featured product as well -- they don't want an office suite that doesn't have a spreadsheet or some other major feature."

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