StarOffice 9 beta now available -- let us know what you think...


Sun has released StarOffice 9 and StarSuite 9 Beta. Cool, new features include support for Mac, PDF editing and a calendar extension for Mozilla to provide an effective mail/calendar solution. New tools and enhancements make StarOffice easier to use, and increase productivity and collaboration. StarOffice 9 supports Microsoft Office, including the import of, OOXML, PDF, ODF 1.2, and runs on Solaris, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Something for Everybody
StarOffice and StarSuite 9 beta has something for everybody. All users can benefit from the Start Center -- which makes it easier to start using StarOffice -- PDF import and editing, improved Microsoft Office compatibility, a mail/calendar solution and a fresh set of icons.

For existing StarOffice and StarSuite users, there is improved charting, notes recording, a solver, 1024 columns and spreadsheet collaboration in Calc, presentation console in Impress, multiple page editing and zoom slider in Writer, and a report builder for Base. Mac users at Sun finally get a native port of StarOffice. Microsoft Office users get a complete suite with an Outlook alternative for the first time, ability to read Office 2007 files and a familiar user interface that doesn't require re-learning.

StarOffice 9/StarSuite Core Product, Extensions
Seven extensions -- add-ons that provide extra functionality for StarOffice and StarSuite, and several features are provided as extensions and not included in the core product (or binaries) -- have been added for StarOffice: (1) Sun PDF Import, (2) Sun Weblog Publisher (blogger), (3) Sun Report builder (4) Sun Presentation Minimizer, (5) Sun Mediawiki publisher, (6) Sun Presenter Console, (7) eFax for StarOffice/StarSuite and OpenOffice.org. There is also one calendar extension for Mozilla Thunderbird which delivers mail, scheduling, to-do lists etc. Extensions do require StarOffice, StarSuite, or Mozilla. Note that the extensions are not required to use the StarOffice or StarSuite core product.

Try It -- Did You Like It?
Now the StarOffice team wants to hear from you. To do that, just:

   1. First, download the StarOffice 9 beta
   2. Then visit the StarOffice User Forums to let us know what you think.

PS: Do not forget to check out the announcement page...


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