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A basic, competent package, but can you get more for less?

  • Sep 2, 2009
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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 to capture a niche market in netbook computers. The package is delivered on a USB flash drive. Corel has cleverly configured the flash drive to appear as a CD reader so unwary users don't accidentally delete their program masters. Clever, but the USB drive then becomes simply a gimmick for delivery. Cute and useful for those who don't have an external CD drive for their netbooks or don't know how to transfer files from another computer. Corel could have scored points with users, especially netbook users who are often constrained for hard drive space, by putting the product on a 2 GB or larger flash drive with a protected partition for the program masters and the remainder of the space available to the user for data storage.

In use, the programs all have clean interfaces and are easy to navigate. Microsoft Office documents import well for the most part, but not perfectly. Users who need to edit complex Word, Excel and Powerpoint files will be disappointed. Happily, I had no crashes with any of the applications. As noted, each of the programs has a relatively limited set of features compared to full featured versions.

Overall, for the unsophisticated user, Corel Home Office is a fast, simple and relatively inexpensive solution for those needing minimal word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities. However, more sophisticated users will probably consider alternatives such as the free OpenOffice and the moderately priced SoftMaker Office.


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review by . September 24, 2009
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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.
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