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By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-01-30 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist KDE Projects KOffice 1.4.2 For users of Linux and other KDE-supported platforms, KOffice offers broad functionality and excellent desktop integration (

Microsofts Office 2003 and earlier versions The file formats exclusive to Microsofts market-leading Office suite are a de facto standard, giving Office a definite edge in this area (

OpenOffice.orgs 2.0.1 The wholly open-source sibling of StarOffice typically provides tight integration with Linux distributions and is free (

Sun Microsystems StarOffice 8 StarOffice 8 supports multiple OS platforms, and its Document Analysis wizard helps determine where compatibility issues with Microsoft Office may surface (

ThinkFrees ThinkFree Office 3 Server Edition As opposed to client-based applications, the server-based ThinkFree Office 3 makes it easier for IT managers to deploy, manage and support multiple OS platforms (

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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