What are the differences between StarOffice and Apache OpenOffice

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What are the differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org?

The differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org can be accounted for in two ways:

  • Differences between StarOffice 5.2 and the future of StarOffice
    • The source code has undergone some significant changes since 5.2 was release
      Some of these changes are:
      • Removal of integrated desktop
      • Componentization of word processing, spreadsheet and graphic applications modules
      • Removal of email and calendar and the schedule server
      • Removal of the Browser
      • Move to XML File Formats
      • Improved Microsoft Filters
      • CJK support (CJK refers to Asian languages: C-Chinese, simple and traditional, J-Japanese, K-Korean)

These are all changes that were decided upon by Sun Microsystems before the source code was released to the community.

  • Differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice.
    • The source code available at OpenOffice.org does not consist of all of the StarOffice code. Usually, the reason for this is that Sun pays to license third party code to include in StarOffice that which it does not have permission to make available in OpenOffice.org. Those things which are or will be present in StarOffice but are not available on OpenOffice.org include:
      • Certain fonts (including, especially, Asian language fonts)
      • The database component (Adabas D)
      • Templates included with StarOffice
      • Extensive Clip Art Gallery
      • Some sorting functionality (Asian versions)
      • Certain file filters
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