"To shorten our impressions of StarOffice 5.1 to three words: we
are impressed. This upgrade for the OS/2 office suite is mostly a
showcase of gadgetry, but there is at least one new gadget that's
not entirely trivial and would justify the costs of upgrading."
"... we have to convince Star Division to take the Java 1.1.7
runtime and developers kit out of StarOffice. 5.0 was seventy
megabytes to download, but 5.1 is ninety. This will put it out of
reach for a serious number of people with low-end internet
connections, perhaps to the joy of a company that really would like
to sell you a CD instead."
"Remaining from older versions of Star Office is the problem of
abysmal online documentation. If there's a feature you're dying to
learn how to use, then StarOffice will probably not show you how to
"But if all flaws were unimportant, this feature would make it
worth upgrading. "... Palm Pilots are rushing off the shelves and
beating Windows CE devices in every category... because they come
with a cradle and software that lets you synchronize the pilot's
address book and calendar with the one on your desktop PC... since
StarOffice happens to already have an above-average personal
information manager..., being able to synch it with your Pilot
means you've got no more reason to hang onto Lotus Organizer."
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