Feeds

Sun updates StarOffice

Freedom of information?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Sun Microsystems has release its latest version of StarOffice, a suite that promises to re-open the debate about the openness of Microsoft's rival Office suite.

Sun said StarOffice 8.0 is the first commercial office suite to use the Open Document Format, the standard for file sharing that has been ratified by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

Support for Open Document Format would help StarOffice in at least one US state, Massachusetts, which recently instructed its agencies to install products that support Open Document Format and to phase out software that doesn't support the format. That's a potential problem for Microsoft, who does not currently support Open Document Format or plan to suport the format in the up-coming Office 12.

Adding to StarOffice advantage, Sun has promised "excellent" compatibility" with Office. Sun said StarOffice 8.0 features improved import and export of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files - a constant source of irritation for users of StarOffice - while StarOffice's features look more familiar to Office users.

To further seed the market, Sun is announcing distribution deals with distributor Encore and software publisher Avanquest. Encore will provide retail and wholesale distribution in the US and Canada and Avanquest countries Europe and Asia.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?