"This week at LinuxWorld, Sun Microsytems is
demonstrating the latest incarnation of its popular StarOffice
Suite several weeks after placing a teaser on its Web site to gauge
public interest. While details have not yet publicly emerged,
BetaNews was able to catch up with Sun to get the scoop on version
After a long wait, localized versions featuring support for
Asian languages have finally materialized ? something Sun hopes
will lead to world wide acceptance. Overall, the focus of this
release will be centered on ease of use rather than adding an over
abundance of new features. Performance, compatibility, and the
introduction of XML as the suite's default file format are among
several areas that have received attention by developers.
Set for a public beta in earlier October and release some time
in the first quarter of 2002, StarOffice has undergone numerous
changes since version 5.2. Sun has made good on it promise to
target key areas cited by user feedback, and has opted to remove
the much maligned integrated desktop."
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