SAN FRANCISCO (03/21/2000) - The first major office suite to incorporate an entire accounting program (Peachtree Accounting's First Accounting) is Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect Office 2000 Small Business Edition. Suitable for firms with five employees or less, First Accounting lets you invoice customers, pay supplier bills, and do payroll and inventory tracking.
Regrettably, First Accounting isn't well integrated with its suitemates. For example, you get tools to set up a Web storefront, but you can't import online orders because the program doesn't let you track sales orders.
Still, at $449 for new users, the suite costs 10 percent less than Microsoft's Office 2000, which has no accounting program. And the $159 price for upgraders runs just $89 more than for First Accounting alone. Corel; www.corel.com; 800/772-6735.