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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Google Pack Adds StarOffice

The Unofficial Google OS Blog:
Google Pack, the collection of applications recommended by Google, includes a new software: StarOffice, an office suite developed by Sun. In 2000 Sun released StarOffice's source code, which became the foundation of, an open source project sponsored by Sun.

The software normally costs $70, but it's available for free in Google Pack. It's worth noting that StarOffice has a huge installer (more than 140 MB), so you should download it only if you have a fast Internet connection.

It will be interesting to see why Google didn't choose to include, the primary difference between StarOffice and being that StarOffice includes some proprietary components like clip-art graphics, fonts, templates and tools for Microsoft Office migration.
Interesting indeed.

Tipped off by the same blog post, Mary Jo offers up some info of her own:
I asked Sun what gives. I received the following response from a spokesperson:
“Sun is soon going to make an important announcement regarding Sun’s StarOffice software, and it is related to the questions you asked (which was, “What’s up with Google distributing StarOffice for free”?). The announcement is likely to have significant impact in the industry about the adoption of Open Document Format and availability of free MS Office-compatible comprehensive office suite.”
So here I am in France, it's 10:00 am and there's nothing yet (probably because it's still 1:00 am in California). Waiting... waiting... :)

BTW... I reviewed Google Pack when it first came out and wasn't impressed. It looks like some things have changed. Maybe it's time for a re-visit.


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