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ComputerWorld Australia: Users Eyeing StarOffice

Oct 28, 2002, 21:24 (13 Talkback[s])
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A growing number of end users are migrating to Sun Microsystems' StarOffice product suite and other alternatives after the recent changes to Microsoft licensing rules left users upset.

Marc Englaro, director of project management consultancy, System Integration Services International (Si2) said his company is seeing a surge of interest in the StarOffice product suite from their enterprise-level clients.

Englaro said a number of his clients are evaluating StarOffice and open source alternatives, with five of Si2's customers in pilot stages.

"We are also evaluating StarOffice and other alternatives for our customers. The recent change in Microsoft's licensing rules was a big trigger and has upset a lot of people who are now looking for alternatives. Users are not happy that they are being forced into regular upgrades. In our evaluation, we are looking at how open source solutions compare when it comes to change management, and the training involved etcetera," Englaro said.

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