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March 6, 2003--In this issue:
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- Reenergized Corel to Launch New Office Suite Ahead of Microsoft
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* REENERGIZED COREL TO LAUNCH NEW OFFICE SUITE AHEAD OF MICROSOFT
Emboldened by a rapidly increasing portfolio of computer makers that have chosen Corel's office productivity software over Microsoft Office and Microsoft Works, Corel announced this week that the next version of its software--WordPerfect Office 11--will ship in April, at least 2 months ahead of Office 2003. Corel had essentially given up on the office-productivity market as recently as 1 year ago, and when I spoke with company representatives about their plans for WordPerfect Office 10, they told me that WordPerfect owners seeking to upgrade were the only market they were concerned about. Since then, Microsoft's licensing practices have caused PC makers to look for alternatives, and Corel's mature, full-featured, and inexpensive offering has come to the rescue.
"With WordPerfect Office 11, we're offering a highly capable product to longtime WordPerfect Office users and to a growing number of users seeking an alternative to Microsoft's cost and strict terms of licensing," Graham Brown, Corel's executive vice president of software development, said in a statement. Corel thinks that corporate users who want to integrate XML into their business processes are the primary market for the company's new office-productivity suite.
Corel WordPerfect Office 11 Beta 1, which ships this week, includes numerous XML-related features, as does its Microsoft equivalent. Users can publish WordPerfect documents, slide shows, and spreadsheets to XML, for example, and the suite also supports a new publish-to-PDF feature. Corel hasn't changed file formats for this version, and the suite maintains backward-compatibility with documents created in WordPerfect versions 6.1 to 10. Corel even adds some interesting Microsoft Outlook compatibilities that let users use Outlook's document round-tripping capabilities to collaborate on WordPerfect documents.
* MICROSOFT RELEASES GREENWICH RTC SERVER BETA
This morning, Microsoft announced the delivery of Greenwich Beta 1, the first widely available version of the upcoming Microsoft Real-Time Communications (RTC) Server, which will ship in mid-2003. Originally slated for release late last week, the Greenwich beta release gives Windows Server 2003 customers enterprise-capable Instant Messaging (IM) functionality, including integration with MSN Messenger Connect, simple administration, and IM logging and security features. Microsoft has yet to announce pricing for the product.
"The delivery of this beta represents a milestone in the development of the Greenwich technology, which is a component of delivering Microsoft's overall real-time collaboration vision," said Anoop Gupta, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Real-Time Collaboration Business Unit. "We seek to profoundly change how corporations communicate, by bringing together best-of-breed presence and instant-messaging technologies with enterprise-grade control and manageability. Presence-based communications will revolutionize the way information workers collaborate, in the same way email changed corporate communications in the late 1980s and early 1990s."
Microsoft believes that companies that want to deploy secure IM throughout their enterprises and in exchange with their partners and customers will adopt Greenwich. But IM is only the initial application in Microsoft's RTC strategy. The company says that future applications will build on the Greenwich platform and will let users collaborate in richer ways than simple text messages. In the past, Microsoft touted video conferencing and remote desktop and application sharing as obvious applications of RTC technology. "We see new real-time scenarios being developed--integrating phones or real-time work collaboration solutions--anything that our industry partners can imagine with presence and collaborative elements," said Katy Hunter, Greenwich group product manager. "Developing Greenwich means that users will be able to count on a great client experience, expanding from text to richer media in their communications. This will include video and voice, along with text and application sharing."
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