Google Pack, the simple software installer and updater from Google has added the StarOffice software suite. StarOffice, developed by Sun Microsystems, was released in 2000 and eventually became the basis for the hugely popular OpenOffice.org project.

StarOffice 8 includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database applications. Typically, the software costs $69.95, but will be free as a part of the Google Pack.

As the Google Operating System blog pointed out, “[i]t will be interesting to see why Google didn’t choose to include OpenOffice.org, the primary difference between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org being that StarOffice includes some proprietary components lke clip-art graphics, fonts, templates and tools for Microsoft Office migration.”

Hopefully Google will find a way to integrate this new addition to the Google Pack lineup, Google Docs, and a future online storage system (still waiting Google).

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  1. apple texan

    August 13, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    there is alot you can get alot with the google pack in just 69.95 including the office softwares. maybe i should try it out someday when it comes out.

  2. Brandon

    August 13, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    It is free.

  3. Gerald (Jerry) Landis

    August 19, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I am an old man trying to learn how to use GMAIL. However today I
    could not resist and loaded STAR OFFCE 8 onto older systems. Hope
    I will not get into trouble. Reviews of this product have been excellent.

    Does anyone have a live phone number or help number for G MAIL
    or GOOGLE PRODUCTS. The stopper I have in using G MAIL is
    formatting. When I view SENT messages they come out differently than
    the typed message in COMPOSE. Single spaced messages come out
    doubled spaced with chopped up sentences. How can I find help to
    stop this. Nothing I read on the internet or in books makes sense to me.

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  5. Brandon

    August 19, 2007 at 6:41 pm


    Are you typing the emails directly into the gmail windows? There shouldn’t be formatting problems there, but sometimes I have seen formatting problems when people copy/paste from other programs into gmail.

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