ThinkFree isn’t the only company promising that it’s suite of office tools will play well with netbooks. Corel, a company that’s probably best known for its WordPerfect and Paint Shop applications, has introduced a new version of Home Office, which the company says is “netbook-ready.”
Of course, netbooks are really just little laptops, so the netbook ready label seems a bit silly. After all, you can run Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, or any number of other office applications on Windows or Linux powered netbooks without much difficulty. But Corel claims the latest version of Home Office can be customized to maximize screen real estate, which is a nice setting (although the product page does claim that the minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768, which is 168 more vertical pixels than most netbooks have). The software suite is also available on a USB stick, which makes installation easier on netbooks that lack an optical disc drive.
Corel Home Office includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application. All three are compatible with Microosft Office documents,, but Corel Home Office costs $69.99, while Microsoft Office 2007 Standard Edition will set you back around $300.
Corel Home Office is available for $69.99 from Amazon. Or you can download OpenOffice.org for free.