eWeek: Sun's StarOffice 7 Shines
Oct 13, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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