Nuggets: Freeware office suite does it all...

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Every day ZDNet UK News will bring you two Nuggets -- one just before lunch and the other just before you leave the office. So if you want the latest news on the weird and wonderful gadgets that bless our beloved industry, bookmark ZDNet UK News -- and check out our Nuggets, twice a day.

At the end of the month we will provide a roundup of our favourite gadgets which you could win in our monthly Nuggets competition.

It's free, it ain't beta and it works!

Wanna put a stop to Bill Gates stuffing his pockets? Try StarOffice 5.0, a full office productivity suite available for free download.

This alternative to MS Office includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, database and a pretty decent drawing application, along with scheduling, Web browsing, email and a newsgroup reader. All the applications work from a common environment, as you change between them only the work area and specific tool bars change. StarOffice 5.0 works with Windows 95/98, Windows NT, OS/2, Linux and Sun Solaris.

So thoughtful are the team at StarOffice, that they've integrated Microsoft file formats to ease migration from MS Office. Compatibility is further helped by the use of several common open standards - OpenGL in its drawing application, POP3 and IMAP for email, and SQL and ODBC for the database. Now that's what I call freeware!


Heard a rumour about a plan for a new gadget or software? Seen a device on your travels you'd like to know more about? Tell Nuggets and we'll get you the facts.