updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed July 31, 2002
Infoworld reports that Sun and Apple have no concrete plans to codevelop a version of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite for Mac OS X, despite statements by Sun officials last week in a c|net story that claimed the companies were "30 days away from a plan" and that Apple developers "have been working in the StarOffice source code." (Yesterday we first noted that two developers have been working on an Aqua version of OpenOffice.org after an OS X developer build of OpenOffice.org was released earlier this month.) Update: OpenOffice.org community developers tell MacNN that Sun has never formally committed to an OS X version and that the Sun official's comments in the c|net story were "misconstrued and out-of-context."
"Sun never said they would release a version of StarOffice for MacOS X. The original story at c|net was the result of sloppy reporting and very misconstrued and out-of-context comments. Tony Siress from Sun, the person quoted in the c|net article, was taken out of context a number of times and, while he did make the mistake of referring to "Apple" developers when he meant "Macintosh" developers (i.e., the OpenOffice.org porting team), [the reporter] basically butchered the story."