After reading other reviews on this product I can only think one thing: People are comparing Apples to Oranges. Microsoft and Corel both offer a full range of solutions designed to fit many different budgets. People that complain about Microsoft outrageous price are trying to compare the $300 Full Office from Microsoft to the $40 Home Office from Corel. This isn't fair to either product as neither the price nor the features are really comparable.
Corel Home Office comes with nice, standard suite of tools: spreadsheet, word processor, and presentation design software. Each one is well suited to the task and I really cannot fault any of the tools. Yes, the wide range of templates offered by Microsoft is missing, but how often do you really use Microsoft Word to print out your Christmas cards? Besides, many of these templates are available for free from the Internet.
So where does Corel Home Office really shine? In my mind, it is not at home, but on the road. First generation netbooks have very small hard drives and even 2nd generation netbooks have storage space issues. Corel Home Office offers most of the features of other office suites at a fraction of the storage space.
Unfortunately, Corel Home Office shares 2 of the weaknesses that Microsoft Office has: 1.) No support for .odf files (Open Document Format) and 2.) No support for Microsoft Works files.
So, why 3 stars? Because I have to throw out my own apples to oranges comparison. There are several free software suites that compare very well in features. As stated, the price is unbeatable (free). Yes, they take some getting used to, but some of the free suites have come a long way of late (OpenOffice to name one).
I would recommend Corel Home Office to anyone for which space in an option. With a wide range of support formats (including .docx), Corel Home Office will allow you to open files from other computers and save to a format that other people can use. However, for your main computer there are more full featured (and free) office suites available.
I really wanted to like the new Corel Home Office suite. I don't like the bloat that comes with Microsoft Office (over a gig to install everything) nor do I need all the features within it. What I DO need is a reasonably priced office suite to use for word processing and spreadsheets that is compatible with other programs. At first, I thought CHO was it. I love the fact that it's delivered on a USB drive, making it easy to install on my Asus EEEPC - it's also relatively … more
If you need an inexpensive yet powerful suite of Office applications that won't break the bank like the Microsoft Office line, you can't go wrong with Corel Home Office. A 3-in-1 suite that includes word processing (Write), spreadsheets (Calculate), and presentations (Show), these apps do everything that you would expect and are fully compatible with said Microsoft line of software like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The software comes on a flash drive as opposed to the usual … more
For the relatively unsophisticated user, Corel Home Office could be a good choice. It provides stripped down word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs. The features they lack aren't glaring and they actually have some fairly advanced features, such as saving to PDF format. The programs have a high degree of compatibility with Microsoft Office formats, but that doesn't make Corel Home Office a strong competitor to Microsoft Office. Corel appears, in fact, attempting … more
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Specifically designed for your personal and home business word processing, spreadsheet and presentation needs, Corel Home Office makes your at-home work simple. It’s compatible with Microsoft Office files and supports PDF publishing from any application. The sleek and simple interface includes tabbed toolbars that put the features you need right where you need them. It’s similar to the office suites you’ve used before, so it’s easy learn and use. You can switch languages at the click of a button.