StarOffice 9

The fully-featured productivity suite.

StarOffice 9
The fully-featured productivity suite.
The fully-featured productivity suite.
The fully-featured productivity suite.

Open, edit, print and save Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for a fraction of the price. The essential office productivity software for PC & Mac users.


Fed up with paying £100s to buy or upgrade to Microsoft Office? StarOffice is compatible with Microsoft Office and offers the same features, but is a fraction of the price.

  • StarOffice is fully compatible with Microsoft Office files, so you can read, edit and save Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc files in StarOffice
  • At this price, its a tiny fraction of the cost of Microsoft Office
  • StarOffice has powerful and integrated word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database tools, so you don’t lose out on any features by switching to StarOffice
  • Free PDF export capability included, so you can save your documents as PDFs from within StarOffice
  • Now works with Mac OS X! Mac users get the comprehensive functionality of StarOffice.
New Features Back to the top

StarOffice 9 has something for everybody. Existing StarOffice users will get better Microsoft Office compatibility (including reading and editing Office 2007 OOXML files), new charting, and an online update feature that makes installing product updates and extensions a snap. Mac users now get a native port of StarOffice and with that, a low-cost, full-featured office suite that can read and write to Microsoft Office files. Microsoft Office users now have an office suite that offers the features they need (including an Outlook alternative), and get a familiar user interface at a great price.

Improved Interoperability and file sharing
We have made it much easier for users of StarOffice 9 to share files and data with other users. We have improved our world-class Microsoft Office filters and added support for the Microsoft Office 2007 OOXML file format. StarOffice 9 offers PDF Import so you can edit PDF files and we have enhanced the existing one-click PDF export by adding security, better hyperlink handling, and PDF/A support.

Communication and Collaboration
With StarOffice 9, Sun is providing a calendar extension called Lightning to go with the Mozilla Thunderbird client. Together they are called a Personal Information Manager (PIM) and form a strong Outlook alternative. There are also two web-based tools that make it easier to communicate on the Internet - a blogger and a MediaWiki publisher.

Multi-platform capabilities - extended to include the Mac
For the first time, StarOffice 9 offers a native Mac port with support for the Mac OS X operating system. Mac users can take advantage of the Microsoft Office compatibility of StarOffice to read and write Microsoft Office files (from version 97 to 2003), and read Microsoft Office 2007 OOXML files.

Improved Productivity
StarOffice 9 makes great strides in productivity:

  • 1. The Sun Presentation Console in Impress gives the presenter fine-tuned control of their slides so they can have confidence while presenting.
  • 2. Notes in Writer are handled more efficiently.
  • 3. The Database Report Builder can be used to create great summary reports.
  • 4. The Solver tool in Calc lets you easily solve optimization problems.


StarOffice 9 has made many improvements to its usability, look, and feel. There is a fresh new icon set, new charting capabilities in Calc, native tables in Impress (so you do not have to copy and past from a spreadsheet), a Presentation Minimizer that reduces the file sizes of presentations, and an online update feature that lets you install the latest product updates and extensions with just a click.


  • Create professional looking documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more!
  • View calendars of friends and colleagues, schedule appointments and keep track of tasks with Mozilla Thunderbird and Lightning – an easy alternative to Outlook.
  • Share files, blog, publish Wiki pages, all in a snap!
  • Extra Utilities – eFax, PDF importer, presentation file size minimiser, Projity Project Management tool and a Database Report Builder.
  • Full support from Sun Microsystems technical service team.

Easy to use

  • Familiar menus, icons, toolbars and templates – with everything you need where you expect to find it!
  • Many new tools to improve charting, note-taking, slide shows and other common tasks.
  • New Update feature allows online automatic updates as soon as they become available.


  • Open, edit, save and share Microsoft Office files including import of Office 2007 OOXML files
  • Works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Save documents in ODF 1.2 or HTML format, or export as PDF, Flash and many other graphic formats.
System Requirements Back to the top
Version 9
Platform Windows 2000, Windows XP, Linux, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Windows Vista 32-bit, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X, Windows 7

Microsoft Windows:

  • 2000 (SP2 or higher), XP, Vista or Windows 7 
  • Pentium compatible PC (Pentium III or Athlon recommended)
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 370MB (multi-language version 650MB) available hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), at least 256 colours
  • DVD ROM drive.


  • Linux kernel version 2.4 or higher
  • glibc2 version 2.3.2 or higher
  • gtk version 2.2.0 or higher
  • Pentium compatible PC (Pentium III or Athlon recommended)
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 440 MB (Multilanguage version 730 MB) available hard disk space,
  • X Server with 1024 x 768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), with at least 256 colours
  • Window Manager
  • Gnome 2.6 or higher, with the gail 1.8.6 and the at-spi 1.7 packages, required for support of assistive technology tools (AT tools)
  • DVD ROM drive

Mac OS X:

  • Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or higher
  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM; 500 MB (multi language version 800 MB) available hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 graphic device with 256 colours (higher resolution recommended)
  • DVD ROM drive.