Corel is revamping its eagerly awaited Office for Java product to make it more suitable for network computing. Originally planned for a March release, the product will now be available in December.
Office for Java, a suite of office tools similar to Microsoft Office, is revolutionary in that it is written entirely in the Java programming language and can be downloaded from the Internet for use in a Web browser.
To be renamed Corel Central, it will be based on Office for Java, but includes a new customisable front-end based on a combination of Java and HTML. It will also feature a communications hub to enable group-ware capabilities.
This means that Corel Central customers can use any client they choose - Mac, Unix, Windows 95 and NT, or even PDA's.
Michael Cowpland, Corel president and chief executive officer, said: "Wordperfect Enterprise Edition will act as a bridge for network computers and networks so that a customer's investment is protected."
He added that Corel Central may be bundled with Corel's network computer device, which is also due to ship in December for #450, excluding the monitor.
Corel spent 30 per cent (#15 million) of its total #50 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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