StarOffice is eating away Microsoft's market share
At least that is what a current study by the Gartner Group, which tries to predict the development of the office market up to 2004, says. According to the analysts, there is a 50:50 chance that StarOffice will have a 10% market share in 2004.
Because of the new license model introduced by Microsoft on August 1st of last year, many companies will have to dig deeper into their pockets in future and possibly consider switching to Sun's StarOffice 6.0. After taking over the original German manufacturer StarDivision in 1999, Sun offered the same for download free of charge, before OpenOffice.org gave other programmers the opportunity to work on a free office solution. On the basis of the resulting product, which was recently released as OpenOffice 1.0 , Sun produced StarOffice 6.0, which is supposed to do its work under Windows as well as Linux and the in-house operating system Solaris. Sun hopes that the program package, which is still in the beta phase, will be successful at a price of less than 100 US dollars.