Being an advocate of making services free to people, Google introduced the Google Pack a while ago. This Pack contains Google’s recommended software that should pretty serve you in most of your daily computing needs. One thing I like about the Google Pack is that you can customize the things you want included there. For one, I don’t like RealPlayer and Adobe Reader so at least Google doesn’t force me to use them.
One thing that Google added to the list of downloadable apps is StarOffice. For those of you unfamiliar with it, StarOffice is Sun’s free office productivity suite. Its source code was released around seven years ago and became the basis of OpenOffice.org.
StarOffice is, IMHO, a legit replacement for Microsoft Office that is if you’re just using productivity suites for common home and office use. Yeah, and more importantly, if you don’t want to cough up hard-earned cash for MS Office. One limitation to StarOffice though, they still won’t be able to manage Office 2007′s new document formats. Still, it’s a great alternative.
I wonder how this will play along with Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Perhaps another plug-in to synchronize the two? Now that will be nice.