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Corel challenges Microsoft with new WordPerfect Office

Antony Savvas

Corel has launched a new version of its WordPerfect Office package as a cheaper competitor to Microsoft’s Office suite.

WordPerfect Office X3 includes features such as the ability to import and export documents, spreadsheets and presentations to Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF), plus improved e-mail features.

WordPerfect is one of the few major competitors to Microsoft’s popular Office suite, along with the likes of IBM’s Lotus Notes platform, Sun Microsystems’ Star Office, and the fledgling open source OpenOffice.org suite.

Corel’s WordPerfect Office X3 costs between £50 and £235. Microsoft Office costs between £90 and £295.

Prices for both suites are dependent on the applications chosen and the number of users.

Microsoft used to have a stake in Corel but it sold it at a loss in 2003. Canadian company Corel is now owned by a venture capital firm.


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