OpenOffice.org 2.0 Has Edge over StarOffice 8
As alternatives to Microsoft's Office 2003, the free OpenOffice.org suite and low-cost StarOffice both have a lot to offer.
When eWEEK Labs recently reviewed StarOffice 8, we were impressed by its broad platform support and low cost—two measures by which the Sun Microsystems Inc. office productivity suite edges out Microsoft Corp.'s market-leading Office 2003 but falls short compared with its open-source sibling, OpenOffice.org 2.0.
OpenOffice.org is freely available and redistributable, and supports seven platforms: Windows, Linux x86 and PowerPC, Solaris x86 and SPARC, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. StarOffice 8, in contrast, costs between $35 and $100, and supports only Windows, Linux x86, and Solaris x86 and SPARC. OpenOffice.org 2.0 Has Edge over Its StarOffice 8 Cousin
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