As I wrote earlier today, there will be a growing battle for the desktops of corporate business applications. Microsoft Office the reining king is very expensive and bloated and is going to lose market share (later rather than sooner) to open source based programs like StarOffice from Sun and OpenOffice.orgedit.org
The NY Times writes StarOffice 8, which includes a spreadsheet, word processor, database and presentation software, allows users to import and export Microsoft Office files and to use Office macros, the tiny chunks of code that automate specific tasks.
Improving StarOffice’s ability to work with Microsoft software is considered critical to expanding Sun’s reach within companies that already use Microsoft products.
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