The German company StarDivision in Lüneburg (founded by 16-year-old Marco Börries in 1984) wrote the original components of StarOffice. StarDivision developed the first version of StarWriter for the Zilog Z80 home-computer system, the Amstrad CPC (marketed by Schneider in Germany) under CP/M, and later for the Commodore 64 under Microsoft BASIC, which was later ported to the 8086-based Amstrad PC-1512, running under MS-DOS 3.2. Later, the integration of the other individual programs followed as the development progressed to an Office Suite for DOS, IBM's OS/2 Warp, and for the Microsoft Windows operating-system. From this time onwards StarDivision marketed its suite under the name "StarOffice."
Until version 4.2, StarDivision based StarOffice on the cross-platform C++ class library StarView. In 1998 StarDivision began offering StarOffice for free.
Sun Microsystems acquired the company, copyright and trademark of StarOffice in 1999 for US$73.5 million. Sun wanted to compete with Microsoft Office, and also wanted to save money on licenses for Microsoft Office and Windows:StarOffice 1.0
The first StarOffice suite included StarWriter compact, StarBase 1.0, StarDraw 1.0.
Supported platforms included DOS.StarOffice 3.0
StarOffice 3.0 included StarWriter 3.0, StarCalc 3.0, StarDraw 3.0, StarImage, StarChart.
Supported platforms included DOS, Windows 3.1, OS/2, Solaris Sparc. Power Mac beta support was introduced in 1996.3.1
Supported platforms included Windows 3.1/95, OS/2 (16-bit), Linux i386, Solaris Sparc/x86, Mac OS 7.5 – 8.0.StarOffice 4.0
Supported platforms included Windows 3.1/95, OS/2, Linux i386, Solaris Sparc/x86, Mac OS (beta).StarOffice 5
Supported platforms included Windows 95/NT 3.51, OS/2, Linux i386, Solaris Sparc/x86.5.1
Supported platforms included Windows 95, OS/2, Linux i386, Solaris Sparc/x86.5.2
Sun offered StarOffice 5.2 as a free download for personal use, and soon went through an exercise similar to Netscape's relicensing of Mozilla, by releasing most of the StarOffice source code under a free/open source license. The resultant free/open source software codebase fork continued development as OpenOffice.org, with contributions from both Sun and the wider OpenOffice.org community. Sun then took "snapshots" of the OpenOffice.org code base, integrated proprietary and third-party code modules, and marketed the package commercially.
StarOffice 5.2 was the last version to contain the programs listed under Older Discontinued Components. It was also the last version to support multiple virtual desktops, previously available from within the Suite.
Supported platforms included: MS Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000; Linux i386; Solaris Sparc/x86.StarOffice 6
Sun based StarOffice 6 on OpenOffice.org 1.0.
Support for OpenOffice.org XML file format.
Supported platforms included Windows 95, Linux i386, Solaris Sparc/x86. OpenOffice.org version also supported Windows ME/2000 for Asian/CJK versions, generic Linux 2.2.13 with glibc2 2.1.3, Solaris 7 SPARC (8 for Asian version).StarOffice 7
Based on OpenOffice.org 1.1.
Supported platforms included Windows 98, Linux i386, Solaris 8 Sparc/x86. OpenOffice.org version also supports generic Linux with Glibc 2.2.0, Mac OS X 10.2 for PowerPC with X11 in OOO 1.1.2.
Product Update 5 added Windows NT 4.0 as a supported platform and incorporated support for the OpenDocument file-format.
Product Updates 6-8 are based on OpenOffice.org 2.1. The OOO version added support for Mac OS X 10.3 for PowerPC, and for Mac OS X 10.4 for x86.
Product Updates 9-11 built on OpenOffice.org 2.2. New features included enhanced Windows Vista integration, PDF export.
Product Update 12 was based on OpenOffice.org 2.4. The OOO version added support for Linux x86-64, Linux MIPS, Linux S390, Mac OS X x86/PPC above 10.4. New features included improved input and sorting in Calc, block markings in text documents, new import filtering, improved security, access to WebDAV servers via HTTPS, and PDF export for long-term archiving.StarOffice 8
In September 2005, Sun released StarOffice 8 (based on the code of OpenOffice.org 2.0), adding support for the OpenDocument standard and a number of improvements.(
Supported platforms include Windows 98/2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Linux i386, Solaris 8 Sparc/x86. OpenOffice.org version also supports generic Linux 2.2.13 with glibc2 2.2.0, Mac OS X 10.4 in OOO 2.0.3 with X11.
Product Updates 2-5 are based on OpenOffice.org 2.1. OOO version added support of Mac OS X 10.3 for PowerPC, Mac OS X 10.4 for x86.
Product Updates 6-7 are based on OpenOffice.org 2.2. New features include enhanced Windows Vista integration, PDF export.
Product Updates 8-9 are based on OpenOffice.org 2.3. New features include bookmark support for PDF export, MediaWiki export in Writer.
Product Updates 10-11 are based on OpenOffice.org 2.4. OOO version added support of Linux x86-64, Linux MIPS, Linux S390, Mac OS X x86/PPC above 10.4. New features include improved input and sorting in Calc, block markings in text documents, new import filter, improved security, access to WebDAV servers via HTTPS, PDF export for long-term archiving.StarOffice 9
StarOffice 9, released in November 2008, added support for version 1.2 of the OpenDocument standard and Microsoft Office 2007 files and a number of other improvements.
It is based on OpenOffice.org 3.0.
Supported platforms include Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Mac OS X 10.4 (Intel version), Linux 2.4 i386 with glibc2 version 2.3.2 or higher, gtk version 2.2.0 or higher, Solaris 10 for Sparc/x86. OOO version supports Mac OS X PPC, generic Linux platforms.
Product Update 1 is based on OpenOffice.org 3.0.1, which adds improved extension manager, but requires extensions in the new format
Product Update 2 is based on OpenOffice.org 3.1.0
Product Update 3 is based on OpenOffice.org 3.1.1
Product Update 4 is based on OpenOffice.org 3.2Oracle Open Office
In December 2010, Oracle released 'Oracle Open Office' based on OpenOffice.org 3.3 and a web based version called Oracle Cloud Office. The suite was released in two versions which cost €39 or €49.95 .