Corel Home Office Netbook Suite Announced

Mainstream office software isn’t always best on a netbook, where screen size is a major detriment to long hours spent typing. On the other hand, not everybody likes free apps like OpenOffice. Corel hopes to dive into the netbook market with its new Corel Home Office, and see if consumers will take to its new three-app suite.

The software can tackle word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations  – all optimized for netbooks. You can even throw the suite on a USB key if you’d like.

Cordel’s director of product management, Jay Larock, discussed why he thinks the suite will appeal to the market:

“In talking with consumers and home based business owners, it became clear to us that they were seeking greater simplicity in their software… At the same time, the growing popularity of netbooks and other mini notebook computers means that more users are focusing on a smaller set of core tasks. Corel Home Office addresses this segment’s specific needs by striking the right balance between features, price, and productivity—all in a unique package that is ideally suited to today’s portable computers.”

The programs are supported in 13 languages and can be exported as PDFs for easy file sharing.

Pricing is hefty but understandable at $69.99, and you can get it by download or through a CD. The suite requires at least Windows XP, 256 MB of RAM, and at least 1024 x 768 resolution in order to optimize the program.

Corel Home Office consists of Corel Wire, Corel Calculate, and Corel Show, handling word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, respectively. The apps feature wide file format support (including Microsoft Office) and can export PDFs for easy sharing. The programs also support 13 languages, and offer a wide range of customization options so users can manage and maximize their use of screen real-estate.

Interested, but not ready to throw down the cash? Corel has a free trial download available if you want to try it out.

Via DigitalTrends.

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