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The StarOffice 6 Weigh-in: Does it Make the Heavyweight Class?

Nov 28, 2001, 00:50 (36 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erwin Zijleman, Stephen E. Harris)
"You have to be either crazy, or inspired -- or maybe both -- to attempt such a task. Creating a full-featured office suite is a massive undertaking. Hell, it's a huge job just to describe one, as our 5 lbs. 2 oz. (2.32 kg.) WordPerfect Office Bible will attest.

For sure, the open source project behind StarOffice 6 is a bold, new departure with the lofty goal of free expression fostered by an "era of universality for office productivity documents." Subsequent open source technical innovations, described in the OpenOffice.org charter, include new e-mail and address book support, the switch to an open, XML file format, a new document converter, Unicode/Asian language support (something the WordPerfect community had longed for in vain), new MathType formula filters, and many application enhancements.

Still, its a long road from lofty pronouncement to practical implementation. The StarOffice/OpenOffice 6 beta is obviously much further down that road than other open source office projects, such as KOffice and AbiWord, and it comes with some of the best document filters in the business (for MS Word, at least). But is it close to becoming the "leading international office suite"? That's what we set off to find out."

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