Sun Microsystems has announced the commercial availability of StarOffice 7, the latest release of its multi-platform, open source-based office suite.
The product is being marketed through major retailers and e-tailers, including Amazon.com, in time for what Sun hopes will be a Christmas rush.
It comes with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities and runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux.
Key revamped features include direct Adobe PDF and Flash export capabilities, full Microsoft Office file format compatibility and native XML support.
Sun said the offering also boasts performance and stability enhancements, accessibility improvements and an improved look and feel.
The software is available in over 40 countries and from more than 60 original equipment manufacturers.
Curtis Sasaki, Sun's Desktop Solutions vice president of engineering, said: "Customers are seeking alternatives to proprietary and expensive suites to reduce their office productivity costs."
StarOffice 7 retails at $79.95 (£48), including 60-day customer support. General information regarding the software can be found at www.sun.com/staroffice.
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