Sun releases StarOffice 9
Close on the heels of the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0, Sun Microsystems today announced StarOffice 9, its own version of the popular open source office suite software.
In addition to the usual core applications included with OpenOffice.org, StarOffice 9 also bundles Mozilla’s Thunderbird, with Lightning extension, for email and calendaring support and adds a layer of support to that.
With the same binaries as as OpenOffice.org 3.0, StarOffice 9 includes a native version for Mac OS X for the first time as well as versions for Windows, Linux and Solaris.
Sun’s Jim Parkinson said that “with the new features in 9.0, businesses get an open standards-based, enterprise-class office productivity suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office but costs significantly less. With its ability to read MS Office Open XML files, support for MS Access 2007 .accdb files and improved VBA macro support, StarOffice 9 is a great option for companies looking to reduce their IT costs in these tough economic times.”
StarOffice 9 and StarSuite 9 – the Asian language edition – are available for download from http://www.sun.com/download/.
The new StarOffice subscription model includes licence and support, is available in one- and three-year terms and customers can choose between standard or premium support.