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TechRepublic: Sun's StarOffice packs a punch

Jan 13, 2001, 19:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marsha Glick)

"I was recently hired to train a company on their office suite package. Because most of my customers have Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, or Lotus Smart Suite, I was surprised to find that their brand-new computer came with StarOffice preinstalled. As I was unfamiliar with this integrated suite of software products, I researched the package and was pleased to discover that it offers plenty of features, some of which are unique to the product."

"StarOffice takes over the desktop of your computer and acts as its own PC desktop. Many of its toolbar elements mimic other office suites, such as font, bold, italic, cursor, and other general toolbar facets. One of the unique things about StarOffice is the Explorer. Yes, it does operate like Windows Explorer, allowing you to access anything in your file folders, but StarOffice's Explorer also has a task folder, an e-mail and news folder, a work folder, and a bookmark folder. You can also add and subtract group elements as you please in this Explorer package."

"StarOffice is easily integrated with other office suites. ... StarOffice's desktop also provides options that some office suites don't. Click on the clock in the corner, and the Scheduler pops up, enabling you to insert an appointment or reminder quickly. If you need to confirm information contained in, for example, a database, spreadsheet, or Web page, simply go to Explorer and click on the source for a quick reference. And you can save applications easily by dragging them to the Explorer."

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