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SearchEnterpriseLinux: OpenOffice.org, StarOffice Gaining Momentum, Expert Says

Mar 26, 2003, 23:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Solveig Haugland scoffs at those who believe that Microsoft Office will rule forever. 'OpenOffice.org and [Sun Microsystems Inc.'s] StarOffice will become as widely used or more so than Microsoft Office is now,' she predicted in a recent interview with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. The two rivals to Microsoft Office will win business users over with their lower cost, ample support and ease of use, she said. Haugland isn't just an open-source enthusiast. She is an OpenOffice.org and StarOffice instructor and author and a SearchEnterpriseLinux.com Ask the Expert advisor. She is also co-author, with Floyd Jones, of three how-to books: OpenOffice.Org 1.0 Resource Kit, StarOffice 5.2 Companion and StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite Companion...

"Are OpenOffice.org and StarOffice even making a dent in the enterprise software space? Do they even have a chance in the business market against Microsoft Office?

"Haugland: There's a lot of action going on now internationally. The European Union is commissioning a study regarding switching several governments to open-source. The U.S. Defense Department and Scottish police are using StarOffice. Sun is giving away StarOffice to many educational institutions; it's available to any educational institution for the cost of the media..."

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