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PC World: Sun Updates its Office Challenger [StarOffice 5.2]

Jun 20, 2000, 15:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liane Gouthro)

"Why pay for software when you can get it for free? Sun Microsystems is hoping that you'll buy the logic, at least, and choose to download its StarOffice suite for free instead of paying for Microsoft Office."

"On Tuesday, Sun releases StarOffice 5.2, its first upgrade since Sun acquired the office suite with its purchase of Star Division last August and began distributing the software free online. The initial release, version 5.1, was downloaded more than 1.5 million times, according to figures on Sun's Web site."

"Version 5.2 is more compatible with Microsoft Office file formats, which Sun claims improves both import and export between the office suites. ... Importing a Microsoft Word 2000 file into StarOffice Writer worked fine. The document suffered no formatting losses."

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