Gateway last week announced that all its consumer and small business desktop and notebook PCs will ship with Corel Office Suite as standard, instead of a Microsoft bundle.
The move is believed to be in line with Gateway's aim to hit the Australian market with a sub-$1500 PC package. Gateway had previously bundled a Microsoft suite with its consumer offerings but, according to marketing manager Michelle Vanzella, research has convinced the vendor that the brand of the bundled software is not as important as functionality, and the lower-cost Corel package met the value needs of its consumers. "The Microsoft pack will still be available as an upgrade," she added.
The Corel Office Suite provides users with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Internet and e-mail applications, including Corel Quattro Pro (spreadsheets), Corel Presentations (presentation slides), and Corel Central (with mailbox, calendar, scheduling, and fully integrated Netscape Communicator).
Gateway's GP-Series is a range of PCs specifically designed for users in small business and home offices. The G-Series is for the enthusiastic home user, and the Solo refers to Gateway's range of notebook PCs.