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DesktopLinux: StarOffice 7--The Best and Worst of Office

Nov 24, 2003, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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"The best thing about Sun's StarOffice 7 is that it's virtually a clone of Microsoft Office, the defacto standard business software today. The worst thing about Sun's StarOffice is that it's--well, you get the idea--virtually a clone of Microsoft's Office, the defacto standard business software today.

"Every business desk today needs some kind of productivity suite, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Microsoft's Office products are highly entrenched in this category, to the point where here at, we receive documents every day from Linux companies in Microsoft Office's proprietary binary formats. Usually, such documents are press releases, which are every bit as amenable to 7-bit ASCII as to Microsoft's *.doc format, a closed, binary format that essentially holds your information hostage..."

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