602 Offers Free Software Suite

BOSTON (07/05/2000) - Following the tack of some companies to give away their software, Software602 AS is making its new version of 602Pro PC Suite 2000 a freebie.

The suite, which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a photo editor, can be downloaded from the company's Web site. Its predecessor cost US$49.95.

Although the suite is free, Software602 President Premysl Pech said the company seeks to profit from selling software add-ons to extend the suite's functionality, as well as from selling technical support contracts.

The suite includes the word processor 602Text with support for Microsoft Word's document format, the 602Tab spreadsheet with support for Microsoft Excel's file format, and 602Photo, a photo editor with support for a majority of graphics and Internet image formats used today. It runs on the Windows 9x, NT and 2000 operating systems and is designed for commercial and noncommercial use.

Unlike other free software, the 13M-byte suite does not feature any advertising, Pech said. Consumers are not obligated to register the suite, but registration entitles the consumer to discounts for other Software602 products and to a newsletter. Customer information gathered is only used within Software602, he said.

602Pro PC Suite 2000 can be downloaded now.

Software602 came about from a group of university students in Prague who, in the mid-1980s, formed a government-approved software club. The programmers received government registration no. 602, hence Software602.

They developed the first word processing program for the Czech alphabet, and by 1991, the company incorporated as markets opened in the former Czechoslovakia, he said. The 100-employee company is traded on the Prague stock exchange.

Software602, in Prague, can be reached at +42-02-22-01-16-02, or in Jacksonville, Florida at +1-904-356-6020. The company's Web site is at http://www.software602.com/.

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