Positive OpenOffice.org 3.0 and StarOffice 9 reviews in InformationWeek today

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InformationWeek's Serdar Yegulalp posted a review of five open-source office suites, including OpenOffice.org 3.0 and StarOffice 9. Serdar shared positive feedback on both OpenOffice.org 3.0 and StarOffice 9, finding that overall, "it's hard to go wrong with OpenOffice.org as a default choice. Aside from enjoying the support of both Sun and IBM (albeit in different ways), it's expanded its cross-compatibility with Microsoft Office, making it that much easier for people to migrate and continue existing work."

For OpenOffice.org 3.0, Serdar said that it "is an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, step forward from OpenOffice.org 2.0," finding that the major changes were a series of small new updates. These updates included native Mac support, feature additions to Calc and Impress, and updates to the PDF exporter. Serdar complimented OpenOffice.org 3.0 for being "completely document-compatible, and it's both slightly faster and every bit as stable as the original."

StarOffice 9
In the review of StarOffice 9, Serdar noted that the product features were very similar to OpenOffice.org 3.0, but this commercial version of the software also brought support, bundling, and deployment. In addition to the benefits of the Thunderbird and Lightening extensions, Serdar said that Sun has made major contributions with the "galaxy of add-ons they've written for the system." Some of these add-ons, such as the PDF editing and weblog publishing tools worked well for basic editing, but other options provided more advanced editing. However, Serdar "especially liked the MediaWiki extension... which lets you edit and publish directly to or from sites that use the MediaWiki software (Wikipedia, for instance) without needing to know the MediaWiki markup language."

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