Sun releases StarOffice 9 beta for Apple’s Mac

“Sun Microsystems has released a beta version of StarOffice 9, the first edition of its office suite to natively support the Mac. StarOffice includes presentation, spreadsheet and word processing software, as well as programs for drawing, databases and HTML editing,” MacNN reports.

“The Mac version of StarOffice runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and requires 500MB of hard drive space along with a 1024×768 display. The download is free, but the beta is currently set to expire on August 17th. The final version of v9 is due to be available in the fall,” MacNN reports.

Full article, with download link, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chuckles the Microsoft CEO” for the heads up.]


  1. NeoOffice is good enough for me now, and the beta version of Open Office 3.0 for mac looks very promising for the future. With these great free office suites for mac, I don’t see the appeal of a beta of the $70 StarOffice.

  2. Altho my work computer uses MS Office 2008 (old habits die hard, and in any case, no independent developer makes an integrated mail/contacts/calendaring program as good as Entourage), I put NeoOffice on those Macs that only occasionally need to open or create Word or Excel files. It serves its purpose nicely, and heck, it was able to open the new XML format files before any Microsoft Mac product could.

    For what it is worth, I also have the iWork suite. I couldn’t live without Keynote, and for presentation docs, I prefer Pages to Word, I don’t get much use out of Numbers – Excel has been on my computers since 1986.

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