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Computerworld: A Star Shines In the Office

Oct 07, 2000, 18:11 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Millman)

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"StarOffice's broad array of tightly integrated applications delivers every important productivity feature you would expect to find in an enterprise-class office suite that competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Office 2000 and Ottawa-based Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect Office 2000. The new package from Sun Microsystems Inc. also has two features you seldom see - freedom from licensing fees and true Windows/Unix cross-platform compatibility...."

"Despite its extensive array of features, the suite's customizable, well-designed menus, dialog boxes and tool tips help simplify navigation. For example, a pop-out, multiview navigator offers one-click access to four varieties of exploring tools, letting you organize files and folders by project, task or hierarchy. Two features I miss - and the main reason I still prefer WordPerfect - are reveal codes and in-context font preview. But even without reveal codes, it was easier to correct formatting problems in StarOffice than in Microsoft Word."

"StarOffice's extensive integration, however, can be a disadvantage. It takes noticeably longer to start up, about 10 seconds, because it loads almost a dozen applications. By contrast, Word and WordPerfect load their primary modules (such as Word and Excel) separately, as called for. Once StarOffice is loaded, however, switching between its modules takes only a second or two."

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