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Star Division Offers Free Web-Integrated Office Suite

Star Division Corp. is allowing non-commercial users to download StarOffice 5.0 Personal Edition, an office productivity suite that runs on Windows 95, 98 and NT, Solaris, Linux, OS/2 and Java.

The suite provides a powerful and extensive set of applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, graphic design, presentations, database front-end, HTML editor, mail/news reader, event/task scheduler, charting and formula editor. The vendor plans to attract 10 million new users over the next year.

Recently, Star Division and Sun Microsystems have formed an alliance to bring the StarOffice suite to the education market worldwide. So far, 600 universities and 25,000 K-12 schools around the world are using or evaluating it. The vendor offers a special StarOffice Campus License that allows institutions to deploy the suite on all platforms throughout the campus--both educational and administrative--for $995 per year including support and enhancements.

Other deals currently being offered include the StarOffice 5.0 Personal Edition Deluxe, that comes on CD-ROM with the manuals, user guide, technical support, and a collection of Web graphics and 250 fonts, for $39.95.

For commercial users, StarOffice 5.0 Professional Edition is priced at $169, while a Small Business License for five users costs $499.

StarOffice 5.0 is said to provide seamless and easy interoperability with Microsoft Office products up to Microsoft Office 2000. Its interface will be familiar to existing users of Microsoft Office, says the vendor, allowing them to be productive immediately.