StarOffice is Sun's package of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and drawing applications marketed as an alternative to Microsoft Office. The software is compatible with Microsoft Office through its ability to read Microsoft Office Open XML files.
OpenOffice is a tool that helps users manage their spreadsheets, documents, and multimedia presentations. This software features several programs, including a word processor, a spreadsheet manager, a drawing tool, and a presentation creator, making. Dec 23, 2017 The latest version of StarOffice is 9.0 on Mac Informer. It is a perfect match for Office in the Productivity category. The app is developed by OpenOffice.org Education Project and its user rating is 3 out of 5.
About 75 percent of StarOffice sales are through channel partners, said Iyer Venkatesan, StarOffice senior product manager. The software has an installed base of some 50 million.
Last week, as part of a major restructuring that included planned layoffs of up to 6,000 workers, Sun reorganized its software operations with the StarOffice software becoming part of a new Cloud Computing and Developer Platforms group.
StarOffice 9 is the first version of the software suite that's been available as a native Mac application. That's significant given that Macintosh computers have been gaining market share against PCs in recent years.
The StarOffice applications use the same core binaries as OpenOffice.org, a set of open-source personal productivity applications that's also the foundation for other office application suites including IBM's free Lotus Symphony applications.
An enhanced 'Start Center' makes launching StarOffice easier, Venkatesan said. The suite now includes Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mailclient and Lightning extension for calendaring. Other improvements include basic workbook sharing and an increase in the number of rows in the Calc spreadsheet (up to 1,024 from 256), improved notes annotation capabilities in Writer, and a new presentation console in the Presentation application.
Sun is also offering a set of free applet downloads, such as a Wiki publishing tool, that work with the StarOffice Extension Framework developers use to build extensions to the applications.
Sun is also dropping the price of StarOffice to $34.95 -- StarOffice 8 was priced at $69.95. Volume pricing starts at $25 per user. Sun is also offering subscription pricing for the first time, priced at $10 per user per year. 'I expect this subscription option to be a particularly big play through channels [compared to] traditional perpetual license models,' Vankatesan said.
When it comes to open source office suites, most people choose OpenOffice or LibreOffice, and they both look suspiciously similar. That isn’t surprising since they both started with exactly the same code base. However, the LibreOffice team recently penned an open letter to the Apache project — the current keepers of OpenOffice — asking them to redirect new users to the LibreOffice project. Their logic is that OpenOffice has huge name recognition, but hasn’t had a new major release in several years. LibreOffice, on the other hand, is a very active project. We could argue that case either way, but we won’t. But it did get us thinking about how things got here.
It all started when German Marco Börries wrote StarWriter in 1985 for the Zilog Z80. By 1986, he created a company, Star Division, porting the word processor to platforms like CP/M and MSDOS. Eventually, the company added other office suite programs and with support for DOS, OS/2, and Windows, the suite became known as StarOffice.
The program was far less expensive than most competitors, costing about $70, yet in 1999 that price point prompted Sun Microsystems to buy StarOffice. We don’t mean they bought a copy or a license, they bought the entire thing for just under $74 million. The story was that it was still cheaper than buying a license for each Sun employee, particularly since most had both a Windows machine and a Unix machine which still required some capability.
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Sun provided StarOffice 5.2 in 2000 as a free download for personal use, which gave the software a lot of attention. It eventually released much of the code under an open source license producing OpenOffice. Sun contributed to the project and would periodically snapshot the code to market future versions of StarOffice.
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Warhammer mac download. This was the state of affairs for a while. StarOffice 6.0 corresponded to OpenOffice 1.0. In 2003, release 1.1 turned into StarOffice 7. A couple of years later, StarOffice 8/OpenOffice 2.0 appeared and by 2008, we had StarOffice 9 with OpenOffice 3.0 just before Oracle entered the picture.