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,
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