Google gets rid of StarOffice from pack download

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.

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11 Comments

This type of comment never seems to end. Have you actually tried Norton Antivirus 2007/2008/2009 or any other recent Norton product? I would happily recommend them to anyone.

Steven

I'm sure that a few people have had good experiences with there programs, but the reality is that for most people, they slow down there computer horribly.

Are you sure you've tried one of the latest versions? They are much faster and use barely any CPU power when compared with previous versions.

Steven

smctainsh said,
Are you sure you've tried one of the latest versions? They are much faster and use barely any CPU power when compared with previous versions.

Steven


Are you sure you have tried Norton because every and I mean every computer I have put that crap on has had major problems after install. Of course I would never pay for anti-virus when it should be free anyway.

Norton 2009 is seriously the least bloated AV program I have seen in a long time. I install AV software on machines daily as part of my job, All the norton 2009 products install in between 30-60 seconds even on PC's 4 or 5 years old, and use between 30-50mb ram, compare that to 2008 which ususally took about 5 minutes to install and used over 100mb.

Seems like Symantec have finally hired some decent programmers.

bryonhowley said,


Are you sure you have tried Norton because every and I mean every computer I have put that crap on has had major problems after install. Of course I would never pay for anti-virus when it should be free anyway.



Why should it be free? Who is funding the teams of researchers who are constantly working day in day out updating definitions?

bryonhowley said,

Are you sure you have tried Norton because every and I mean every computer I have put that crap on has had major problems after install. Of course I would never pay for anti-virus when it should be free anyway.

Yup, I sure have tried Norton - I'm using it right now.

Steven

May be they are looking to now turn everyone to "Google Docs" ? [They also have Google Gears for offline access]

I was thinking that too.

They was recommending StarOffice, which is pushing users away from their own product, Google Docs.

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