: Corel, Microsoft Ready Office Suites"> And, last week, Joe Eschbach, corporate vice president of Microsofts Information Worker Product Management Group, in Redmond, Wash., said that Microsoft wants to ensure that the suites file formats give users full access to its XML schemas, which allow "smart documents" to be created in Office 2003. "The goal is not to have another proprietary lock-in schema. The No. 1 push in Office 2003 is user-defined schema," Eschbach said, adding that Beta 2 of Office 2003 will include a new feature called Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager, as well as the first incarnations of DRM (digital rights management) in the suite.WordPerfect Office 11 Standard edition has a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the Professional edition will be available as a license-only offering "to meet the demands of enterprise customers," Brown said. Existing users of WordPerfect Office will be able to upgrade to WordPerfect Office 11 Standard for $149.99, while a special edition for the education market will be available for $99.99. Microsoft has so far declined to say what applications will be included in which product SKUs and which will sell separately as an add-on, claiming no pricing or packaging decisions have been finalized as yet. All it has said is that the OneNote and InfoPath applications are part of the Office "family." Microsoft angered a group of legacy customers in November when it said that Office 2003 would be compatible with only Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later operating systems, including Windows XP. The move will affect as much as 60 percent of Microsofts installed base of pre-SP3 users. Customers said this latest attempt by Microsoft to force them into upgrading follows the companys past moves to phase out support for older products and to push users to upgrade to its new licensing agreements. Corels Brown said that WordPerfect Office 11 offers users value, flexible licensing solutions and professional level support. It is a "highly capable product to long-time WordPerfect Office users and to a growing number of users seeking an alternative to Microsofts cost and strict terms of licensing."
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Corel, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that WordPerfect Office 11 Standard Edition will include the latest versions of the core applicationsWordPerfect 11, Quattro Pro 11 and Presentations 11, while WordPerfect Office 11 Professional will include the relational database Paradox.