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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-03-05 Print this article Print

: 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.
Corel, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that WordPerfect Office 11 Standard Edition will include the latest versions of the core applications—WordPerfect 11, Quattro Pro 11 and Presentations 11, while WordPerfect Office 11 Professional will include the relational database Paradox.
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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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

    His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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