Sun Upgrades StarOffice

 
 
By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2001-04-30 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sun Microsystems Inc. is on track to release StarOffice 6, its open-source productivity application suite that includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications for Solaris, Windows and Linux.

Sun Microsystems Inc. is on track to release StarOffice 6, its open-source productivity application suite that includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications for Solaris, Windows and Linux.

Iyer Venkatesan, senior product manager for StarOffice, said that Sun plans to release StarOffice 6 later this year. While Venkatesan is aiming for next quarter, the date could be pushed to the fourth quarter.

StarOffice 6 will include the recently finalized XML (Extensible Markup Language) file format specifications, which will make file sharing far easier. "Files will now be able to be saved in either an XML format or in the current binary format," Venkatesan said. "It lets users easily share information across applications and will simplify the importing and exporting of files from different programs while greatly improving file sharing and readability."

The components will be launched separately in StarOffice 6, helping to improve performance. Asian language support will be included.

Sun will work to put filters in place to ensure compatibility between StarOffice 6 and Microsoft Corp.s Office XP as soon as the latter is released in May. "The current StarOffice 5.2 is compatible with Office 95, 97, 2000, and we hope to have the filters in place for XP by the time StarOffice 6 is released. But, if not, it will be available shortly thereafter," Venkatesan said.

 
 
 
 
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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