Next Up: Google Office?: "Google and Sun Microsystems (Quote, Chart) will hold a press conference on Tuesday at which they're expected to announce a collaboration to bring StarOffice productivity applications to Google users.
StarOffice is Sun's suite of integrated word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database software based on the OpenOffice open source project.
StarOffice or OpenOffice users can add their own browsers and e-mail applications, while Sun offers Sun Java Communications Suite for customers that want to add messaging, collaboration, calendaring and scheduling tools.
Google's dip into OpenOffice began with its hiring of Joerg Heilig, former director of software engineering at Sun, according to Gary Edwards, a consultant and designated representative of the OpenOffice.org open source community.
'He was the project manager for StarOffice, a longtime employee of the Star division, and a very important person to StarOffice,' Edwards said. 'When he left, there were some real tears. Also a great deal of apprehension.' "
Assuming this widespread speculation turns out to be true: so what?... You can freely download OpenOffice.org 2.0, if you are so inclined, and a fat client circa Office 97 partial clone from Google would be distinctly un-"Web 2.0"-ish.