Corel Updates WordPerfect Office

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-04-26 Print this article Print

Corel is set to release the English versions of its WordPerfect Office 12 for sale in retail outlets and online.

Corel this week will release the English versions of its WordPerfect Office 12 for sale in retail outlets and online. French, German, Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese versions are set to follow. Pricing for the standard edition of the Microsoft Office alternative starts at $300 for the full version, $150 for the upgrade edition and $100 for the education edition.

The release of the WordPerfect 12 office productivity suite follows the acquisition and delisting of the Canadian software maker by Vector Capital last year. Anish Mehta, a principal at Vector and now the companys interim CEO, said that the company has significantly increased its focus on and investments in WordPerfect and that his goal is to leverage the 18 million WordPerfect users and grow the user base.

"WordPerfect Office 12 has been developed to meet the needs of small to medium-size businesses and consumers, as well as the specific compatibility needs of government and legal customers. The product includes enhanced compatibility with Microsoft Office, integration with Microsoft Outlook and a new workspace manager at a significantly lower price than Microsoft Office," Mehta told eWeek.

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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.

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