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StarOffice ( v. 8.0 ) - complete package

StarOffice 8 is an impressive upgrade of Sun Microsystems' bargain productivity suite. It's a good buy for small and large businesses, but users needing an e-mail program and a photo editor should consider Corel WordPerfect Office 12 Small Business Edition.

By September 27, 2005

3.5 stars Editors' rating September 27, 2005

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Sun StarOffice 7.0

For a fraction of the price of Microsoft Office, StarOffice 7.0 offers a feature-packed productivity suite suitable for home users and educators.

By June 22, 2004

4 stars Editors' rating June 22, 2004

HP tosses WebOS out of frying pan into the open-source fire

Historically, opening big proprietary projects is fraught with peril, and WebOS will still struggle for relevance even if it attracts outside programmers.

By December 9, 2011


StarOffice 6.0

StarOffice 6.0 remains one of the best sub-$100 office suites, especially as an alternative to the monolithic Office XP.

By May 15, 2002

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 15, 2002

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StarOffice gains native Mac support

The latest version of Sun's cut-rate productivity suite can also read--but not write--to the latest Office file formats.

By November 17, 2008


Google: Don't upgrade Office, add Docs

Google Enterprise exec talks about ways Google Docs can work alongside Office for businesses not ready to scrap Microsoft's desktop suite altogether.

By May 11, 2010


A CNET Conversation with Steve Ballmer

In the latest installment of our new interview program, Microsoft's CEO talks about the economy, competition with Apple and Google, and, sadly, offers no new details on the rumored Courier tablet.

By October 5, 2009


Sun restructures, lays off up to 6,000

Company will realign its software organization into new business groups with a focus on open source and new market sectors.

By November 14, 2008


Sun to distribute Microsoft's toolbar

Sun, which had been partnering with Redmond's rivals in the Internet arena, will now distribute the MSN toolbar.

By November 10, 2008


ThinkFree launches office suite for Netbooks

ThinkFree announces the availability of an office suite for Netbooks but faces many competitors in the market.

By October 21, 2008