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NewsForge: Review: StarOffice 7--Innovation in Action

Dec 10, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Sun Microsystems' StarOffice 7, released November 12, offers significant advantages in performance, usability, and stability over rival commercial office suites, including Microsoft Office. However, when the comparison is to OpenOffice.org version 1.1, the open source project from which StarOffice takes its code, it's harder to say where the advantage lies.

"StarOffice 7's new features extend its usability in several directions. Its improved Microsoft Office filters, while still far from perfect, are an advance on those in StarOffice 6. Their results are certainly no worse than the formatting nightmares that occur between different installations of Microsoft Office because of the risky combination of a flaky template system and ignorant users. (No matter the office suite, to be sure of preserving formatting, send your documents in PDF or PostScript format...)"

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