StarOffice 9

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Proprietary)

StarOffice 9 is a complete office productivity suite that lets users create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It has tools for making drawings, charts, and databases. The program is also capable of opening, editing, and saving Microsoft Office files. Users can also edit and save documents in PDF format and export these directly from the program. This office suite also features extra utilities such as a presenter console and presentation file size minimizer, a PDF importer, a Database Report Builder, a blog and MediaWiki publisher, support for the eFax online faxing service, and a PDF importer.

The suite offers familiar word processing menus, toolbars, and templates, so users using different office applications will not have a difficult time using the various StarOffice9 programs. This version is also capable of reading, editing, and saving XML files. Another program function is its ability to let two users work on a single spreadsheet at the same time. This workbook sharing feature is beneficial for people who are working on a project from different locations.

The StarOffice9 suite offers users with a calendar extension called Lightning, a Personal Information Manager that is paired up with the Mozilla Thunderbird client. These two extensions provide users with an alternative to the Microsoft Outlook program. Clicking the program’s online updater lets users see and install the latest product updates quickly and easily.