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October 11, 1998

COREL LICENSES MICROSOFT VISUAL BASIC

By CBR Staff Writer

Corel Corp, whose strategy has been less than clear since the fizzling out of its Java efforts, has licensed Microsoft Corp’s Visual Basic for Applications. The two companies have been in talks over opening Corel products to the Microsoft tool suite for two and a half years, during which time Corel was running its most fervent crusade against Microsoft – although it was only in the last three months that the companies pulled the licensing deal together. The agreement means that Corel’s software will be easier to integrate with other visual basic products, something Corel said its customers were clamoring for, as well as adding Active X, which Corel said it needs. The struggling Canadian company, however, denies that the move could be seen as a sign of retreating to its core applications, CorelDraw and Corel WordPerfect and it is separately continuing to port all its applications to the Linux platform. á

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