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Corel's alliance with software rival Microsoft will see the troubled Canadian operation ship .NET versions of its Mac applications.

Speaking on CNBC.com yesterday, Corel CEO Derek Burney said: "Clearly [Corel's Mac applications] will [be part of the .NET strategy]. That represents a stronghold that we have on the graphics market and we're going to be forging that really far ahead on the Internet."

For Microsoft, .NET is a strategy intended to build on open Internet standards in order to string Microsoft products, from cellular devices up to Windows 2000 server farms, into one big end-to-end services-based system. Technically, .NET is open to other platforms, thanks to its use of XML, but Microsoft doesn't plan to do the work itself - that's up to third parties, like Corel.

"Corel has long recognised the potential of the Internet to speed up the delivery of applications and services to our customers worldwide," Burney said t'other day. "By leveraging Corel's development expertise and popular product line with Microsoft's .NET platform, we believe we have found a great combination to accelerate this process. .NET promises to be a robust platform that we can use to build innovative, easy-to-use and reliable Web applications and services that will benefit our customers."

Maybe some of them, Derek, but not, we suspect, the Mac users, who are unlikely to be buying into Microsoft's business model any day soon. Not least since Microsoft's Mac apps are rather more popular than Corel's and there's no sign that any of them will end up .NET-ified. ®

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