Corel plans to bundle Netscape's Communicator

Corel is looking to bundle its products with Netscape's Communicator software, Michael Cowpland, Corel's CEO says.

Corel is looking to bundle its products with Netscape's Communicator software, Michael Cowpland, Corel's CEO says.

A partnership between Netscape, which offers strength in servers, and Corel is natural, says Cowpland. Netscape's Communicator suite includes its Navigator Web browser, HTML authoring tools, messaging, and groupware.

Corel is currently in discussions with Netscape to bundle its Word Perfect Suite 8 and Office Pro 8 with Communicator, a company spokeswoman says.

The company also is discussing the bundling of its Office for Java with Netscape's SuiteSpot server, says Chris Biber, technology spokesperson at Corel.

Another vehicle for sales of Office for Java, if Corel has its way, will be NCs shipped by Sun, Oracle and IBM. So far Corel has reached an agreement with Sun, is in advanced negotiations with Oracle and in discussions with IBM, Biber says.

The company will ship Office for Java with its own VNC (Video Network Computer), samples of which -- priced at US$700 -- will start shipping in the first quarter next year.

Corel is banking on Java, which Cowpland says will be the most widely-shipped operating system in 1998, as a means to take on Microsoft.

"Java provides a new playing field ... enables a new market leader and we intend to be the new market leader ahead of Microsoft," Cowpland says.

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