SOURCE: ThinkFree, Inc.

August 08, 2005 08:00 ET

ThinkFree Debuts $49 Microsoft-Compatible Office Suite for Linux

ThinkFree Office 3 for Linux Offers Cross-Platform Compatibility With Microsoft Office on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh Platforms in One Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 8, 2005 -- LinuxWorldExpo -- ThinkFree, a leading developer of platform-independent software solutions, today announced the release of the Linux Edition of ThinkFree Office 3. The cross-platform, high-performance office suite offers the best compatibility with Microsoft® Office of any program to date for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh users.

The easy-to-use, affordable software suite features a Microsoft-like user interface, critical feature support, and seamless interoperation with existing Microsoft Office files -- all for a price that is a fraction of a stand-alone copy of Microsoft Office. ThinkFree's unique Java architecture allows for rapid deployment on and interoperability between Linux, Windows, or Macintosh operating systems, as well as flexibility that makes it an ideal home, education or small-business "Office" complement or alternative.

"One of the major stumbling blocks for Linux desktop adoption by mainstream computer users was the inability to use Microsoft Office on the platform," said TJ Kang, CEO of ThinkFree, Inc. "Although Open Office is a feature-rich office suite that is equal to the task of Microsoft Office, the difference in the user interface, unexpected changes and the loss of information users may encounter when exchanging documents back and forth with Microsoft Office, make it difficult for non-technical computer users to adopt Open Office. Since these factors serve as a tremendous barrier to migrating the Linux operating system from the server to the desktop, it is no surprise that we have been approached by several leading Linux publishers to help them accelerate their market outreach to mainstream desktop users. We should be able to announce several distribution deals with leading Linux vendors by the end of summer."

ThinkFree Office 3 Key Features

Major features in ThinkFree Office 3 include:

--  Multi-platform support (Linux, Windows, Macintosh)
--  Word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics software
--  Best document viewing compatibility with Microsoft Office
--  Best round trip compatibility with Microsoft Office
--  Best cross-platform compatibility (Windows compatible fonts bundled
    for Linux & Macintosh platforms)
--  Full featured drawing module for all three applications (ThinkFree
    Office 3 Write, Calc, and Show)
--  Powerful chart module and real time spell checker
--  HTML & PDF export
--  XML (WordML and SpreadsheetML) support
--  Multi-language support including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean,
    Japanese and Chinese
--  Complimentary ThinkFree Office Online services

Pricing and Availability

ThinkFree Office 3 for Linux will be available for purchase and download at for the suggested retail price of USD $49.95 by the end of August. For the Windows edition, complete product and purchase details including upgrade pricing, please visit

System requirements:

ThinkFree Office 3 will work with most computers: Windows: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP3 or later) / XP (SP1 or later); Linux: Fedora Core 3 or later, SuSE 8.2 or later, TurboLinux 8.0 or later, Linspire 5.0 or later, Asianux Desktop, RedFlag Linux Desktop, Haansoft Linux Workstation 2005; Hardware: (PC) CPU: Minimum Pentium III /Recommended Pentium IV; Memory: Minimum 256 MB / Recommended 512 MB, HDD: minimum 100 MB Free space, CD-ROM: 8x; Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later (Java 1.4.2 Update 2), Mac OS X 10.4, PowerPC G4/G5.

About ThinkFree

ThinkFree, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a leading developer of platform independent office solutions. Since 2003, the company became a division of Haansoft Inc., a publicly held company on the Korean KOSDAQ stock market [030520]. ThinkFree's mission is to offer market-leading software solutions that leverage the power of the Internet and provide users with a consistent, unified, and productive experience regardless of computing platform.

ThinkFree Office 3 is a Microsoft Office compatible office suite of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics applications that are usable either as an offline downloadable version or online as a free Internet service. It features cross-platform support and is compatible with Linux, Windows, and Macintosh platforms.

For more information, please contact ThinkFree at 408-432-5074, or go to

ThinkFree® and ThinkFree Office® are registered trademarks of ThinkFree Corp. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Xenia von Wedel
    Terpin Communications Group
    (415) 595-2030
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    Onsite Contact:
    Suzette Towler-Petito
    ThinkFree, Inc.
    (408) 432-5047
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