Google quietly began including Sun’s StarOffice suite of word processing, spreadsheets and other workplace-oriented applications for free as part of its Google Pack offering.
Google and Sun Microsystems announced a vague partnership on StarOffice last year, but it wasn’t clear whether Google would really start supporting Sun’s software. It’s the latest move in Google’s steady effort to undermine Microsoft’s dominance of office software.
Google Pack, which users download, already includes Firefox, and media player RealPlayer, both competitors to Microsoft’s products.
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