May 8th, 2002 -- The AbiWord team is proud to announce the first global release of the award-winning Open Source word processor, AbiWord version 1.0.1. More than three years in the making, AbiWord is a reliable, extensible, cross-platform word-processor with many powerful features.
We aim at robust inter-operability with existing products, such as Microsoft Word®, Corel's WordPerfect®, and others. Our goal is to incorporate the most useful features of these competing applications without the fluff, bloat, or slowness that accompany them. The result is a lean and mean word processor, the download size being less than 4 megabytes.
Translations and as-you-type spell checking are available for more than 30 different languages on 6 continents, including Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and Indonesian. An English language thesaurus is available as a separate plugin.
The worldwide team of AbiWord volunteers is already hard at work developing the next release of AbiWord, which will include advanced features such as tables and support for more complex languages. Users, writers, translators, testers, and developers are all encouraged to try out AbiWord and see what they'd like to add next.
AbiWord is available for Linux and other Unix variants, Windows, MacOSX and QNX and is completely free. You can learn more about AbiWord from our website at http://www.abiword.com/.
The AbiWord team can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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