Corel will preview the successor to version 8 of its WordPerfect Office Suite on Monday, but plans to demonstrate the offering running under a new name.
The upgrade, which has just entered beta testing, will include new Web integration capabilities, codenamed NetDocs, to enable users to share documents over the Internet. Corel will announce the name of its new application suite at Comdex in Las Vegas next week.
Microsoft is also promising similar Web integration functionality with its own upcoming Office 2000 suite. Users will be able to share Office documents with co-workers by publishing them on an Internet server.
But Derek Burney, Corel?s senior vice president of engineering, claims that NetDocs will provide customers with a simpler, one-step approach.
They will be able to define how they want their documents published on the Web in a single operation, and have these documents automatically converted into HTML before posting them onto an Internet server using FTP or an equivalent.
NetDocs works with all documents that are created by applications in the new suite, and other third party applications.
The new version of the suite will also incorporate Trellix 2.0, which Corel has licensed from the eponymous supplier, to convert these documents into a Web format, by inserting links and modifying layout, for example.
Interoperability with Microsoft?s rival Office product will be improved and support for Microsoft?s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting language and extra document conversion filters will be added.
The new suite is due to ship at about the same time as Office 2000 - in the second quarter of 1999 - but pricing has not yet been announced.
Corel says, however, that it is also working on a Linux version of the product, which it expects to launch at the end of 1999, but has not yet decided whether to continue development on its WordPerfect for the Macintosh offering.
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