In fact, Sun execs acknowledged that the more likely customer for StarOffice would be companies whose employees didn't need Office's many capabilities--such as retail, call-center, and factory workers. As a customer reference, Sun presented a representative from Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., who described how StarOffice is being used on Linux desktops mostly for simple text editing.
The upgrade includes the ability to open, save, and exchange Microsoft Office files. It also uses a default file format based on XML, making it possible for developers to more easily share StarOffice content with other programs. StarOffice 6 will be sold on a per-user basis, ranging from $25 to $50, depending on volume.