The Star (Malaysia): Legalise your office software, for free [with StarOffice]Jul 05, 2000, 14:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...Sun Microsystems Malaysia Sdn Bhd on Tuesday launched the latest version of its Star Office suite of office applications, which it is making available for free through the Internet... Its managing director Govinathan Pillai claimed that the availability of free office software would help companies currently using illegal software to "go legal'' before they are raided."
"Why get raided and paraded," asked Govinathan, who added that companies should not have to fork out thousand of ringgit to legalise their office applications. A typical package of the very popular Microsoft Office suite of applications costs from RM2,010 (US$529) to RM3,226 (US$849) depending on the edition."
"In conjunction with the launch, Sun Microsystems Malaysia also announced its was establishing a "Star Portal" website. This would allow Malaysians to use Star Office off the portal; they would [not] need to download the software and store it on their computer's hard disk drives. The portal is expected to be ready by year-end."