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ZDNet/Yahoo!: StarOffice offers IT real choice

Oct 09, 2001, 17:40 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"New features aside, the price of StarOffice - free- should be enough to give pause to sites weighing their software options in the context of Microsoft's potentially costly and entangling new licensing schemes.

We recommend IT administrators download the Star Office 6 beta and evaluate for themselves how well the suite works with the spreadsheet, word processing and presentation files in use in their organizations. (StarOffice can be downloaded from www.sun.com/ software/star/staroffice/6.0beta/get. html.) StarOffice 6.0 will run on Windows 9x, Millennium Edition, NT, 2000 and XP. StarOffice also supports Linux kernel Version 2.2.13 or higher and Solaris 7 or later, and herein lies a major competitive advantage, particularly for sites supporting Sun or Linux workstations for CAD or software development tasks.

However, StarOffice continues to lack support for Mac OS, which is likely the most frequently found non-Windows operating system on corporate desktops and a platform that Office does serve."

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