June 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm
Two companies have announced Office Suites that have been tailored for netbooks. Corel has launched its Home Office Suite targeted for netbooks, which includes three applications to handle word-processing, spreadsheets and presentations. These apps have full support of Microsoft Office and can also export PDFs. The suite is available for download or on a USB stick from Corel and costs $69.99.
In terms of technical requirements, you’ll need to have Windows XP (or Vista) installed and also, bizarrely, a screen resolution of 1024 x 768. This is strange considering most netbooks have a resolution of 1024 x 600.
We also have ThinkFree, who has launched its own Office Suite, including a word, spreadsheet and presentation app. This program supports the standard netbook resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. This particular program is compatible with all operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac. The software suite runs $39.95, but for a limited time you can pick it up for $24.95 by using the coupon code THINKFREE.
Personally, I’m not sure whether tech-savvy users would find these applications attractive, especially since the excellent (and free) OpenOffice works so well on netbooks. However, if you’re not a fan of OpenOffice, then both office suites can be downloaded as a trial version.