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CNET News.com: Sun saturated with StarOffice advice

Dec 14, 2001, 04:26 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems will cut off downloads of the StarOffice 6 beta software on Dec. 31 as the company prepares for a final release in the first half of 2002, the company said Wednesday.

"We've got all the feedback we can handle here," spokesman Russ Castronovo said. "We are at saturation point. I think we've satisfied the requirements of the program."

StarOffice, a competitor to Microsoft Office, runs on Solaris and Linux operating systems as well as Windows, but it has been criticized for being unwieldy.

The new version 6 drops an e-mail program, moves to open XML file formats and separates the remaining components--word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and other packages--into standalone programs."

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