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CNET News.com/Gartner Viewpoint: Prepare to make some concessions with StarOffice

Aug 14, 2000, 03:40 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris LeTocq)

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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 5.1."

"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."

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