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Corel Unleashes WordPerfect Suite

Corel Corp. earlier this month announced the revised versions of WordPerfect and the other personal productivity applications in the PerfectOffice suite that it promised when it bought the applications from Novell Inc. in January.

The application suite is now called the Corel WordPerfect Suite, and it includes WordPerfect 6.1, Quattro Pro 6.0, Netscape Navigator, Corel Presentations 3.0, CorelFlow 2, Starfish Software Sidekick and Dashboard, Corel Screen Saver and thousands of clip-art images and hundreds of typographical fonts. Corel Office Professional includes those components and adds InfoCentral, GroupWise and Borland Paradox.

These are all Windows 3.1 applications, which are scheduled to be available in April. The company expects Windows 95 versions of the applications to be ready in May and June, with Windows NT versions to be released shortly thereafter.

Corel promises to honor all existing licensing agreements, so government WordPerfect customers who are due free upgrades will be eligible to receive them. Commercial pricing is $395 for the Corel WordPerfect Suite on CD-ROM. For $449, customers can buy a version that has WordPerfect on 3.5-inch diskettes and has the rest of the software on a CD-ROM. The upgrade pricing for current customers is $129 and $179 respectively. Corel Office Professional is available on CD-ROM only for $695 or for $295 as an upgrade.

-- Dan Carney

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