Sun Microsystems' office productivity software, StarOffice, is now available through the Google Pack software download service.
StarOffice is Sun's commercial implementation of the popular open source office suite OpenOffice.org and supports Open Document Format (ODF). StarOffice is also compatible with Microsoft Office documents and is supported and indemnified by Sun.
Google Pack is a free collection of essential software to help users set up their computers, find things faster and stay safe online.
In addition, Sun also announced that it has added web search functionality to all StarOffice products, enabling online search capabilities directly from its productivity suite. This new functionality is now available through the Google Pack download.
"Using ODF within StarOffice allows for interoperability and choice among those seeking free and open standards-based office productivity applications," says Rich Green, executive vice-president: software at Sun Microsystems.
"With OpenOffice.org adoption growing at nearly three million downloads a month, we are seeing overwhelming adoption and exciting new opportunities emerging. We are absolutely thrilled to offer a new version of StarOffice that includes Google's web search capabilities."
Google Pack offers users a safe and easy way to install all the essential software they need in a matter of minutes. The addition of Sun's StarOffice gives Google Pack users free access to an enterprise-strength office application. Starting now, users can install StarOffice as part of the Google Pack installation process.