Top 3 questions from StarOffice availability via Google Pack announcement


Last week we announced StarOffice being distributed by the Google Pack software download service from Google. Since then we have received a lot of queries from many people.

The top one: Is Sun giving away StarOffice for free now that it is available for free from Google Pack?
The answer: No, we are NOT giving away StarOffice for free. Sun's StarOffice list price of $69.95 remains unchanged.

How come?
We have many distributors of StarOffice around the world distributing this product online, offline and in publications. Google is one of our  distributors of StarOffice. Distributors can charge what they like for StarOffice and have the freedom to decide what services they offer when they distribute StarOffice.

So, if Google Pack was to distribute a office productivity suite for free, then why StarOffice and not OpenOffice.org?
This question should be directed to Google.

Comments:

Great announcement ! You guys need to talk to the Projity folks who launched OpenProj a few weeks ago. I am using it and opened all my Microsoft Project files and started working. Project is part of Office, OpenProj is free and is a great replacement with nothing but great feedback from the blogs and my personal usage !!!! Integrate that in with the StarOffice and you will have another brick in the wall. BTW, Project is $1,000 so your ROI will look nice.

Great announcement, It would be terrific to see this get traction !

Posted by Mike Connors on August 24, 2007 at 03:35 AM PDT #

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