The Department of Justice (DOJ) has inked a deal with Microsoft competitor Corel for a five-year deal, worth up to $13.2 million, for more than 50,000 licenses of Corel's WordPerfect office suite.

The DOJ, which sued Microsoft for monopolistic business practice, used WordPerfect before Monday's announcement, but Corel trumpeted the new deployment of WordPerfect Office 12 as reaffirming the software suite's number two position in the market, "despite hype around open source solutions," which include

The DOJ had previously signed a deal to get 35,000 copies of WordPerfect in 1999, according to Corel spokesman Mike Kaplan.

Corel highlighted WordPerfect Office 12's flexible licensing agreements as a reason that the office suite's install base is growing by about one million users per quarter, according to the company. Each license provides a user with home and laptop privileges, giving employees licensed to use WordPerfect Office 12 at work the ability to use the same copy nonconcurrently at home or on their laptops.

The DOJ decided to buy WordPerfect again largely because it remains the "tool of choice for the legal arena," said Mary Aileen O'Donovan, program manager for the DOJ's Justice Management Division. "We do what our customers require."

The DOJ also uses Microsoft Office software in external communications with people outside the legal profession, she said. O'Donovan praised Corel for understanding the DOJ's enterprise needs and for its licensing flexibility.