I will retire writing software for Microsoft platforms and make a good living doing it.
Having said that I haven't seen Project Orion up close and personal, I don't know if it was Star Office or not.
The software costs are a little outta whack. I deal mainly with Fortune 1000 folks and I can tell you they haven't upgraded since Office 97. There hasn't been anything that compelling in the suites for them to upgrade.
Office 97 could be had for about $200/user back then. 7 Years, $200 comes out to about 28.50 a year.