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Sun releases final version of StarOffice 9

updated 12:05 pm EST, Mon November 17, 2008

StarOffice 9 final release

After brief period of beta testing, Sun says it has released the final version of StarOffice 9, its work suite aimed directly at competing with Microsoft Office. Unlike the Microsoft software, StarOffice is open-source, being based on OpenOffice 3.0; StarOffice 9 is also the first version of Sun's program to be coded natively for the Mac, and allows users to read Microsoft's Open XML format, though not save in it.

Sun states that while there are currently no plans to add Open XML writes, the feature may be added with enough public pressure. The software meanwhile features database, spreadsheet, illustration, presentation and word processing components, with support for PDF import and export, as well as extensions and specific enterprise tools such as digital signatures. The suite costs $35 for the general public, or $25 for each individual business user.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mac support?

    Macintosh system requirements are not listed. It looks like StarOffice doesn't really support Mac OS X.

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Contrary to claims on its own website, it doesn't support Mac OS X. It actually only supports OS X (intel).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Lies

    So, unless they support every mac out there, then it doesn't have Mac support? Wait, it can't run OS X.3.9! What a bunch of liars!

    BTW, you have to go to the download page to find the system requirements for OS X. They don't list it on their Tech Specs page.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are you guys on crack or what? Here are the damn requirements, OF COURSE it supports OS X!


    Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or higher
    Intel processor
    512 MB RAM
    500 MB (multi-language version: 800 MB) available hard disk space
    1024 x 768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)

  1. Dries

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Openoffice was actually based on Staroffice - not the other way around. And - Openoffice works just fine thank you

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    now they have added it

    Now they have added it. Before it wasn't there. I know that 3 works on the Mac, but if Sun can forget to list the system requirements for the Mac, then I wonder how good their support for the Mac is. But at $35 I will probably buy it as I want to support but I don't want to sign up for a PayPal account to donate to them as I get so many phishing attacks pretending to be PayPal. I also would like to have more templates for Impress.

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