With this week's release of the 13th version of Corel WordPerfect, Corel has opted for an evolutionary product that resembles Microsoft Word as much as possible and avoids more dramatic changes such as support for the Open Document Format (ODF). Will Corel's selective interpretation of "compatibility" resound with customers? Or is it too late for a contest in this market?
The interface colors are looking very Word2007-esque, but I'm disappointed to see the actual layout/tools hanging back around a more 90's interface design mentality. (at least that's what I see from doing image-searches for "WordPerfect X3") It's still just a mess of button-belts (aka toolbars), and menus used as feature-closets, where cryptic tools are stored that no average joe will ever be able to figure out or utilize. (a long-living issue that Word2007 ingeniously cured)