Corel is revamping its Office for Java product to make it more suitable for network computing, delaying the launch - originally planned for March - even further until December.
Corel Central will be based on Corel Office for Java, but includes a new customisable front end based on Java and HTML, a communications hub to enable groupware capabilities, and support for Java Beans components.
The product, which is due to ship by December, will also include support for technology, codenamed Remagen, which is based on Visigenic Software?s Visibroker object request broker for Java and C++.
This means that Corel Central customers can use any client they choose, and processing will be undertaken where most suitable, rather than only on the client - as was the case with Office.
The Paradox database will support Remagen next month, but support for the Quattro Pro word processor and the Enterprise Edition of the Wordperfect suite of products will follow by December.
Remagen will also be sold as a standalone product to enable ISVs to develop component-based applications based on it.
Michael Cowpland, Corel?s president and chief exective, said: ?Wordperfect Enterprise Edition will act as a bridge for NCs and networks, so that customers? investment is protected. But in future, we hope they will move to Corel Central, which is the future of Java-based computing.?
He added that Corel Central may be bundled with Corel Computer Corp?s NC device, which is also due to ship in December for $700, excluding monitor. This is based on the 330MHz StrongArm SA110 processor and runs a real time version of the Linux shareware Unix operating system.
* Corel spent 30 per cent ($24 million) of its total $80 million annual research and development budget on Java last year, but expects this to rise to 50 per cent in the future.
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