Plenty is being spoken and written about Sun’s StarOffice 9 for Mac Beta. The office applications suite market on the Mac is dominated by Microsoft Office — and their newest Office 2008 while powerful enough, still lags behind Microsoft Office for Windows. The removal of VBA from Office 2008 has also not been received too well. And while Microsoft has confirmed that VBA support will be back in the next release of Office for Mac, that reality might still take a year or more ahead to materialize.
So how does StarOffice 9 for Mac fare in its beta?
Peter Cohen at MacWorld reports that “the beta release is free; the release version of the application is currently priced at $69.95”.
MacNN adds that “price isn’t the only criteria for evaluating software. Since so many people rely on and share Microsoft Office files, file compatibility can be crucial. Fortunately, Sun’s office suite shines in this area by supporting a variety of file formats ranging from ancient files such as WordPerfect and Quattro Pro files to the latest Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2007 file formats”.
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