Linked by Adam S on Mon 26th Sep 2005 20:31 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today, I had the opportunity to speak with Iyer Venkatesan, Product line manager for StarOffice at Sun Microsystems. He spoke to me at length about StarOffice 8, which will be released tomorrow. Read on for a summary of the interview, and be sure to check out the review at Newsforge as well.
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Not really compelling
by on Mon 26th Sep 2005 22:41 UTC

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Why am I going to pay $99 for a product which is already free (OO.org), just to get 60 days free support? Both of them are the same products, plus, if I already have Microsoft Office 95 and up installed, there is no need to migrate to either OO.org or Star Office.

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RE: Not really compelling
by Adam S on Mon 26th Sep 2005 22:53 in reply to "Not really compelling"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I already have Microsoft Office 95 and up installed, there is no need to migrate to either OO.org or Star Office.

C'mon, that's just silly. First off, Office 95 formats aren't even compatible with 97+.

Secondly, I think it's clear that it's the commercial sector that StarOffice is geared towards - and that OpenOffice.org is aimed at a home user with computer experience.

Then again, I'm pretty sure you're just trolling.

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captain_knobjockey Member since:
2005-08-23

why can we not vote you down ?
why do your posts come in at level 5 ?

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RE: Not really compelling
by puddleglum on Mon 26th Sep 2005 23:09 in reply to "Not really compelling"
puddleglum Member since:
2005-07-20

Why am I going to pay $99 for a product which is already free (OO.org)

You may not, but your employer would. You'd be amazed at the number of places that won't let you install something downloaded for free, but would buy the same thing in a shrinkwraped package.

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