Sun And Google Finally Get Around To StarOffice

from the that-took-some-time dept

Back in 2005, there was a lot of hype about a joint partnership between Google and Sun that turned out to be a big load of nothing. While there had been expectations that the companies would partner up to push Sun's StarOffice (an office suite based on OpenOffice), the announcement turned out to be nothing of the sort. As for StarOffice, they did mention that they might do something with it down the road, but that there hadn't been much thought put into it. Well, two years later, we're getting our answer. StarOffice is now available for free as part of Google Pack. Still, it seems unlikely that the move will do much to boost StarOffice. In the two years since the initial announcement, there's been a surge of interest in web-based applications, which will remain Google's priority. If there was ever a time for another offline office suite to steal significant share away from Microsoft, it would seem that time has passed.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  • icon
    chris (profile), 14 Aug 2007 @ 9:51am

    open office is based on star office

    star office has been around for many years. it was developed by a german company in the the early 90's and was bought by sun microsystems in 2000 i think. star office wasn't the first full fledged office suite for linux, but is was considered to be the best.

    sun open sourced a version of star office as open office, but kept it's clip art, filters, and the language localization proprietary. to get those things for OO.O you need to install third party add-ons.

    the question is, oddly enough, will google distribute the linux version for free since google pack is exclusively for windows.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Joel Coehoorn, 14 Aug 2007 @ 9:55am

    Actually, Star Office pre-dates Open Office. Well, sort of. IIRC, Star Office is the original, closed source office suite that very few people ever used. So few people, in fact, that Sun decided to release the code and be done with it. Thus was born Open Office. Open Office disappeared for a some time while the community took and code and 'updated' it to a new version. This new version was bloated, slow, and not many people used it, either. Then some of the late version 1 releases and now the version 2 releases improved considerable and gained popularity in the open source community. A decent Windows version became available and there a significant number of people started using it. Sun saw this and Star Office was re-born. I'm not sure if it is a fork of Open Office or just a co/re-branding of whatever is the current most stable build.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Jerry, 14 Aug 2007 @ 10:02am

    StarOffice was first.

    As the first comment stated StarOffice was first. Sun then helped to setup OpenOffice,

    I wonder if the plan IS to take down Microsoft office? Start with the Windows world and expand. Perhaps a Google flavor of Linux?

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Steven, 14 Aug 2007 @ 10:42am

    Google Pack and Linux

    The Google Pack may not be available for Linux, but most (if not all) of the Google apps from the Google Pack are (Google Earth, Picasa, Google Talk).

    Google has actually been getting better about releasing their apps for Linux.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Joseph, 15 Aug 2007 @ 4:14pm

    To be accurate, OpenOffice is based on StarOffice. Not vice versa.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.