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Corel Releases WordPerfect Beta and Inches Closer to Dual Format Support

Oct 04, 2007, 19:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"As you may recall, Corel announced last November that the next release of its flagship WordPerfect Office productivity suite would support both the ODF as well as the OOXML document formats. That announcement followed more than a year of (at best) ambivalent statements by Corel regarding its format support intentions, despite the fact that Corel was a founding member of the OASIS Technical Committee that developed the ODF standard. In delaying so long to embrace ODF it had seemed to me that Corel was missing the chance of a lifetime, given that its core market was in government users--the group most interested in long-term document accessibility.

"Last year's announcement told customers to anticipate the new release in 'mid 2007,' and yesterday Corel finally announced that the new release is now available--a bit late, and in beta, rather than in final form..."

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