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StarOffice 8 Enters the Scene

Sep 26, 2005, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan, Joe Brockmeier)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer/New York Times: New Sun Software Will Work with Microsoft

"Sun Microsystems is hoping to steal market share from Microsoft Corp. with the release on Tuesday of a new version of its business software collection, StarOffice, with improved compatibility with Microsoft Office.

"StarOffice 8, which includes a spreadsheet, word processor, database and presentation software, allows users to import and export Microsoft Office files and to use Office macros, the tiny chunks of code that automate specific tasks...."

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NewsForge: Review: StarOffice 8

"StarOffice is a suite of interoperable 'office' programs that use the same software shell as their basis. The programs include a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing application, presentation creation program, and database front end. All are feature-rich and capable of providing adequate desktop functionality for business and home use. The latest version, StarOffice 8, is not perfect, but it is an excellent value for businesses that do not depend on proprietary Microsoft formats for production work.

"StarOffice is based on the OpenOffice.org source code, and is very much like OpenOffice.org 2.0, with a few enhancements..."

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