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US Department of Justice rejects Microsoft again

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has re-affirmed its support for alternative software to Microsoft by signing a...

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has re-affirmed its support for alternative software to Microsoft by signing a multimillion-dollar deal to use Corel’s WordPerfect Office 12 package for 50,000 users.

The DOJ, which led the anti-trust legal assault on Microsoft, is a long standing WordPerfect user and said Corel’s flexible licence terms were central in winning the deal.

Corel launched WordPerfect 12, as an updated alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite, last year. The company claims 20 million customers world wide are using WordPerfect 12, which provides a word processing program, a spreadsheet, a diary and a presentation graphics solution.

The WordPerfect licence allows users to use the software non-concurrently on more than one machine, such as an office desktop and a home laptop, a feature that was attractive for the DOJ.

Mary O'Donovan, DOJ programme manager for the justice management division, said, "The DOJ chose WordPerfect Office 12 because, quite simply, our users require it to do their job. In the courts, or among attorneys, it's the tool of choice for the legal arena.

"Corel has consistently shown that they really understand how enterprise agreements should work - we pay once and then go forth in use. Corel understands our needs and that makes our life a lot easier," she said.

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