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 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.
StarOffice 9 makes great strides in productivity:
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.
Easy to use
|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|
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