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eWeek: Sun's StarOffice 7 Shines

Oct 13, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice 7 productivity suite is a capable cross-platform alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Office that comes at a price too attractive for enterprises to ignore.

"The follow-on to last year's impressive StarOffice 6 starts at less than one-sixth the cost of Microsoft Office 2003, yet in eWEEK Labs' tests, the StarOffice suite's word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications performed well and exhibited strong support for Microsoft's binary DOC, XLS and PPT file formats. This means it will likely coexist well with Office 2003.

"StarOffice 7, which began shipping last month, isn't for organizations that have already built heavily upon Microsoft's VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) framework for office automation. These sorts of customizations won't carry across to Sun's suite..."

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