"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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