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Forbes: Buying Time - Battered by Microsoft, softwaremaker Corel has bet the farm on Linux

Apr 23, 2000, 16:13 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chana Schoenberger)

"Just as things seem the darkest, Cowpland, a dapper 57-year-old Brit, has unveiled a bold new strategy: the rollout of new WordPerfect office software based on the free Linux operating system. It's supposed to revive Corel in its uphill battle against Microsoft Office, which has about a 90% market share in word processing/spreadsheet suites."

"Corel will give away its version of the operating system but charge customers for support and for applications like WordPerfect and CorelDraw, a popular graphics program. Cowpland then hopes to use the Linux system in a new generation of so-called Internet appliances, like the futuristic, keyboard-equipped cell phones that can surf the Web. These gadgets will need an embedded operating system to run programs like Web browsers and text editors, although the user will never see it."

"In five years Corel hopes to reap 50% of its revenues from Linux applications. "This is the year when Internet appliances are going to take off," Cowpland predicts."

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