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Linux Answers (UK): REVIEW: StarOffice 5.1

Dec 19, 1999, 17:35 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Reiniger)

"By all accounts, it would be unfair to compare any office product to Microsoft Office 2000. Microsoft Office has a long line of products - and it has established itself as an industry leader. But there is a slight problem: like most other Microsoft products it is available for only the Macintosh and Windows platforms...."

"Along comes a small company, and they produce StarOffice. Now, I said it was special, and I will clarify this for you: it's a cross platform, Microsoft Office compatible, tightly integrated product. What does this mean for Joe Public? They can use StarOffice on a Windows operating system, and then run exactly the same product on a Linux OS. They can write their work in Word on a Macintosh, and open it looking exactly as it was designed in StarOffice in Linux. And yes, it is integrated - from one desktop (more on this later) the user can launch any part of the office suite. So the question begs to be asked, if StarOffice has so many qualities... will it see an end to the Microsoft Office saga, or will it sink to the bottom of the software pile, not unlike the Titanic sunk into the sea?..."

"The first thing that will strike anyone is just how much StarOffice resembles Windows. While the actual desktop is completely different to that of Windows, you do get a taskbar sitting in the bottom of your screen. You even have a start button, which has exactly the same components that tge Windows one has. And yes, in the right hand side, there is a clock, there is a tray to place icons in... and finally, all opened windows are displayed in the bottom."

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