By Peter Conmy
Sun Microsystems showed its ability to provide significant value within the Application Solution Provider space with the release of the latest version of StarOffice.
Sun Microsystems showed its ability to provide significant value within the Application Solution Provider space this month with the release of the latest version—version 5.2—of its StarOffice application suite. The latest release has the usual round of new features in an updated release, including the introduction of XML as a file format, but is more important perhaps in that, like its predecessor, it is free of charge. The office productivity suite for Solaris, Linux and Microsoft Windows can be downloaded from www.sun.com .Among the 200 new features in this updated version of StarOffice are better Microsoft Office import and export filters, reduced file sizes, full online help and written documentation, and the introduction of XML as a file format. “With more than 69,000 preview downloads, the StarOffice 5.2 Suite includes the features users are demanding, packed into a no-cost, cross-platform, Microsoft Office interoperable suite that essentially lowers total cost of ownership,” said Marco Boerries, vice president and general manager, Webtop and Application Software, Sun Microsystems. In the Middle East, Sun is marketing its StarOffice software to small businesses, educational institutions, government and select enterprises.