online-services model. WordPerfect Lightning beta, a free, downloadable word-processing and note-taking software application, aims to provide a new distribution and online-services model for Corel WordPerfect Office. The WordPerfect Lightning beta builds on Corel's earlier efforts to create applications such as its modular components that are designed to work in an online environment while remaining on the desktop. It also comes with a "Viewer" tool which can store several document formats including PDF, WordPerfect and MS Word files.
Corel has also thrown in a Navigator tool to go through these saved documents and objects. The company said that the users of this application would be able to access files stored by Corel when they are on a different desktop. They are offering the customers of this tool 200 Megs of web space to backup their data online. The company is also offering a free trial version of its WordPerfect Office X3 productivity suite with this package.
Free offerings such as Writely and WordPerfect Lightening are seen as a challenge to Microsoft's Office programs, which dominate productivity applications and brings the company much of its revenue.
With WordPerfect Lightening, Corel is offering a free trial version of its WordPerfect Office X3 productivity suite, whose standard edition retails for US$269.99.
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