Everyone needs an Office Product on their computer and when Google added StarOffice to their free Google Pack it was a good move but in the last few weeks they have quietly, without any word, removed it from the download.
The Google Pack is a set of programs that is aimed to give users everything they need to have on their computer for example it features Spyware Doctor, Norton Security Scan and Adobe Reader, but this move by Google will not help Sun Microsystems.
Sun Microsystems who develop Star Office have not had a good year, last month they announced a loss of $1.7 billion, when asked Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Jonathan I. Schwartz put it down to the weakness in the economy. This move by Google could be seen as another step towards making everything that we need to use productively online, they already feature a Document and Spreadsheet Service.
At the time of writing this article, Google have not released an official statement.