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Sun Microsystems announced a deal Wednesday to install Sun's StarOffice software on some European Sony PCs, marking another defection from dominant Microsoft products.
By the end of the year, Sony will include version 6.0 of StarOffice on most consumer desktop PCs sold in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to Sun. Microsoft's Works package is currently used on most of those PCs.
Star Office is the Sun version of Open Office ( [openoffice.org...] )
So, I started using OpenOffice late last winter and have grown to love it. It's installed on all my machines now. It opens all the back formats I have including some autocad files.
The spreadsheet and word processor are excellent. I think it is less bulky than MS and I've not crashed it yet. I'm sold on it and recently purchased StarOffice 6 but have not installed it yet. (Staroffice [wwws.sun.com] and OpenOffice [openoffice.org] are virtually identicle).
Even if I was running Windows for my daily work, I wouldn't see any reason to use the unproportionally expensive alternatives.
<added>But then, I didn't even know that Sony sells PCs in Europe... ;)</added>
I don't have a copy of Office 11 yet, but I'm looking forward to checking out its XML support.
Right around that time I installed it to try it out (don't remember the version number) but found it a little clunky. Heard the interface has been improved in later versions. This so?
The database used with it was Adabas as I recall.
Not only that but you have to pay the same for an installation that maybe gets used 1 hour a week and an installation that gets used 40 hours a week. For 40 hours a week, yes the pricing is better but for one to say eight hours a week Office is grossly overpriced, especially when you have to update it and pay upgrade costs every year or so.
Personally i use Note Tab for around 95% of all my word processing, (it is open 10 hours a day) and have a 3 year old version of Office which i use mainly to open word documents that other people send me before i convert them to plain text.
Ive played around with Open office on a friends computer and it seemed excellent. If we need to upgrade our "office suite", the only option for us is Open or Star office. Sony's move is great news.