On the thorny issue of compatibility with Microsoft Office and the products in that suite, Hinstorff said StarOffice 8 took "another big step forward." The product development team spent a lot of time addressing more basic user issues, like providing the ability to take a document, read it, write it and have everything preserved. To read eWEEK Labs review of StarOffice 7, click here.Sun will also be focusing on the positioning of the products in the market. "For those mainstream core features used by the majority of users, the interoperability with other legacy software is very strong," Hinstorff said. "We want the public beta to expose any of the corner cases that we may have missed. The feedback we have got so far shows that compatibility is very good," he said. Punjabi said Openoffice.org will also benefit from the majority of the changes in StarOffice. "But the commercial quality spell checker and some other features are not included in Openoffice.org," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
"Across the board our message is going to be interoperability, a compatible, easy-to-use user experience and a bigger set of devices supported. We will also focus our discussions at LinuxWorld on our contributions to open source. All of this is based on open source and things that we have contributed in addition to community products," he said.