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Sep 29, 1999, 17:12 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chet Dembeck)

"To begin with, just downloading StarOffice is a major ordeal. It took me about a week to even get a connection to a server for the download. Then it took another week to finish the five-hour download, because I was disconnected at least a half-dozen times."

"When I finally loaded StarOffice onto my PC's hard drive, I found it difficult to use -- and lacking in basic features. For instance, the word-processing program didn't even have a "word count" option..."

"Additionally, the version of StarOffice that I ordered was designed to run on Windows. This minor detail makes me question the soundness of Sun's strategy. Does it hope to convert Microsoft Office users by allowing them to download a product that runs on Windows? Somehow the logic escapes me."

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