|Corel Software Partners with Markement|
Mark Peters : March 11th 2006 - 17:35 CET
Corel Software Partners with Markement : Corel Corporation announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Markement, one of Europe's largest suppliers of OEM software. Under the new agreement, Markement will bundle Corel WordPerfect Office X3 as its office productivity suite of choice, displacing StarOffice as part of PCSuite 2006. PCSuite is a software collection sold to resellers and in retail outlets across Europe. The partnership positions Markement as a key OEM bundling partner for Corel WordPerfect Office X3 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The new relationship was announced today in following the news that German and French versions of Corel WordPerfect Office X3 will debut in April 2006.|
International bundling agreement|
Today's announcement is the second major international bundling agreement announced by Corel in as many weeks, following its announcement of a new bundling arrangement with Lenovo on March 1, 2006. The agreement, and the related displacement of StarOffice, highlights the prominence of Corel WordPerfect Office as the alternative to Microsoft Office, and underscores the continued global interest in low-cost software. The deal is also major sign of Corel's commitment to the European market for productivity software.
"We are thrilled with the inclusion of Corel WordPerfect Office X3 as part of Markement's PCSuite, a very popular OEM product in Europe and a vehicle of remarkable reach within this market," said Elke Steiner, General Manager Corel GmbH. "Corel's partnership with Markement means that new customers all across Europe will be able to experience the value and outstanding user experience of Corel WordPerfect Office X3 - the world's leading alternative to Microsoft Office."
OEM market - Corel software
"Our customers in the OEM market want access to an alternative to Microsoft's products- one that is well known and trusted by millions of customers worldwide, has good brand recognition and reliable technical support-all from a vendor that is clearly focused on the office suite market. We felt that Corel WordPerfect Office X3 met all those requirements," says Stephan Keck, Managing Director for Markement. "We look for suppliers who have a strong understanding of the markets we serve and who are committed to investing in the product offerings. The strongest benefit for our customers is the high quality of Corel software and the compatibility it provides with the market leader - in addition to the additional unique ease-of-use and features which set it apart."
Leading European OEM Supplier
Markement provides software to all the hardware manufacturers in the German-speaking region, predominantly Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as select manufacturers in other European countries. In addition to the route planning, security, CD creation, back-up, education and gaming applications, Markement bundles and sells as stand-alone products other Corel offerings including Corel Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo Album and CorelDRAW Essentials 2. Markement delivers final bundles or stand-alone products to manufacturers, who add it to the hardware when it is shipped to the retailer for resale to the public. With unique, flexible OEM partner contracts, manufacturers can ship any product within Markement's PCSuite without needing to renegotiate contracts each time. As part of the PCSuite, Corel WordPerfect Office X3 will now be seamlessly included.
Corel WordPerfect Office X3
Corel Corporation, whose German headquarters are in Munich, is one of the world's leading providers of desktop software and purveyors of high-quality software brands including Corel WordPerfect Office, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel Designer and Corel Painter.
Set for availability in April 2006, the German-language version of Corel WordPerfect Office X3 sets a new standard for content re-use as the world's first and only office suite to natively import and export word processing documents, plus export spreadsheets and presentations, to PDF, one of the world's most widely deployed open formats.
Corel WordPerfect Office alternative to Microsoft Office
In addition to PDF Import, Corel WordPerfect Office X3 offers enhanced compatibility with Microsoft Office, as well as industry-leading feature richness, ease-of-use and value. New and enhanced features include a fresh new user interface, new online resources, enhanced multilingual character support and the powerful ability to easily eliminate hidden metadata. These new capabilities are complemented by the suite's beloved classic features - such as RealTime Preview, context-sensitive toolbars and task-oriented wizards, making Corel WordPerfect Office X3 the easiest-to-use version of WordPerfect Office ever.
Used by millions of customers around the globe, Corel WordPerfect Office is the world's leading alternative to Microsoft Office.
About Corel Corporation
Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in over 75 countries improve their productivity. The Company is renowned for its powerful software portfolio that combines innovative photo editing and graphics creation, vector-illustration, and technical-graphics applications along with office and personal productivity solutions. Corel's flagship products include CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, WordPerfect Office Suite, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Designer Technical Suite, and Corel Painter. Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.
Founded in 1999, Markement creates concepts and supplies products or licenses to add certain values to consumer goods. The strongest field within this business arises from the IT hardware market. Here Markement was able to equip approximately 1.5 million consumer-PCs with OEM software within each of the last 3 years, as mainly large PC and Notebook manufacturers were supplied. Since 2004 also producers of IT-peripherals, such as MP3-Players or external hard disks bundle OEM software supplied by Markement. Thereby Markement accesses different licensers, with whom large-volume, partly exclusive contracts are in place, as Corel, Symantec, Roxio, JoWooD and Map & Guide.