“Google Pack, Google’s software download package has been expanded to now offer StarOffice, Sun’s competitor to Microsoft Office. StarOffice, which Sun normally sells for $70 is free through Google Pack,” Scott Gilbertson reports for Wired.
“Like OpenOffice, StarOffice 8, the version offered through Google Pack, is a full-fledged office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet app, presentation tools, database and some math and drawing tools. StarOffice supports most Microsoft Office formats, though not the new OOXML formats included in Office 2007,” Gilbertson reports.
“In fact, the main difference between StarOffice and OpenOffice is that the former includes proprietary clip art graphics, fonts, and templates as well as some additional Microsoft Office conversion tools,” Gilbertson reports.
“At the moment there’s no integration with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the company’s online office suite, but it seem reasonable to assume that some sort of synchronization plugin will be available eventually,” Gilbertson reports.
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“A person familiar with the arrangement between the two companies say that Google is paying Sun to offer Star Office for free,” Miguel Helft reports for The New York Times.
“Why? Analysts said that the alliance represents a more aggressive effort by Google to go after Microsoft’s core customers, by offering a free product that is likely to eventually be supported by advertising,” Helft reports.
Helft reports, “Google said in a statement: ‘We partnered with Sun to make a free version of StarOffice available in the Google Pack because we believe that users will benefit from access to a free, full-featured office suite for the desktop. And we’ve also always believed that users should have choice in their online and PC experience.'”
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MacDailyNews Note: StarOffice requires Windows XP or Vista. But, that’s not the point here. This is another example of the multi-front war against Microsoft Office being waged by Google and Apple which will, if successful, end up helping the Mac platform by opening office documents. The world made a mistake by standardizing on Microsoft’s OSes and Office apps. That mistake must be and is in the process of being corrected. Many Mac users think they need Microsoft Office, but they really don’t. Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try and see for yourself.