CNET News.com/Gartner Viewpoint: Prepare to make some concessions with StarOffice
Aug 14, 2000, 03:40 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Gartner believes businesses looking for a fat-client office
package evaluate Microsoft Office, followed by Lotus SmartSuite and
Corel WordPerfect Office before considering Sun's StarOffice
"The major advantage of StarOffice is that Sun Microsystems does
not charge for the software. But "free" is misleading; Sun does
provide fee-based support for businesses with more than 100
StarOffice seats under the SunSpectrum service contracts."
"Conversion costs from Microsoft Office could outweigh the
per-seat license fee advantage."
"Businesses evaluating new or upgraded office software such as
StarPortal, which is based on StarOffice functionality, have to
consider the extent to which they will need to manage, and the cost
of managing, the incompatibility between the new software and
existing internal and external document standards."