A Cheaper Alternative to Microsoft Office

Can Sun Microsystems' StarOffice 7 supplant Microsoft Office on your desktop? With previous versions being slow and buggy, you'd probably answer no.

But the speed, power, and simplicity of the latest version combined with its minuscule price ($79.95 direct) may change your mind. It's certainly worth a look for budget-constrained government or enterprise buyers, as well as small businesses and individual users who need to buy an office suite with their own money. And attention education buyers: Sun will send you the software for just the cost of the media and shipping.

Sun Microsystems' application suite comprises the Writer word processor, HTML editor, Calc spreadsheet, Impre