I’ve been using HP’s Mini netbook and what I still find most
difficult about it (and all netbooks I presume) is that the keyboard
and screen are too small for me.
As I discussed with Jim Louderback
in a recent interview about mobile computing, when buying mobile
technology (or any technology) what works for me, might not work for
you and what works for you might not work for me.
With this in mind, I recently heard from Corel about the release of Corel Home Office,
which is a light, and low cost ($70) suite of word processor,
presentation software and spreadsheet that Corel feels is perfect for
the growing market of netbooks.
Netbooks, unlike notebook or desktop computers have reduced
processing power so that the battery can last longer, the netbook not
generate so much heat, be low cost and keep the physical dimensions of
the entire netbook smaller.
The foot print of Corel Home Office is small enough to load onto a USB key (the installation file is only 113MB).
Some of features in Corel Home Office, you might find useful in Corel Home Office are:
- Sleek and simple interface: Easily access the tools and features you use most
compatibility and document sharing: With extensive file format support
(including Microsoft Office) and the ability to create PDFs in all
- Customization: Netbook owners can use
manual or auto configuration options to easily adjust their settings
and maximize screen real estate
Bob O’Donnell, Program Vice President for IDC said that As
consumers continue to make mini-notebooks (aka netbooks) the most
popular PCs on the market, they’re going to be looking for software
that really maximizes their experience on that computer. Software
vendors need to create solutions that not only address this market
segment’s functional needs, but also match their lowered price
He’s right, but I’m sure he’ll also agree that as more netbooks come
with built in broadband internet access the need for traditional
software, even software as light as Corel Home Office, will be less,
and more businesses and consumers will use online applications.
If you miss Corel Word Perfect, you can get it here.