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Corel (Canada) acquires software firm Awingu (Flanders)

Corel, a Canadian firm that specializes in professional creativity and productivity solutions, is acquiring remote working software specialist Awingu. As Flanders-based Awingu becomes part of Corel’s Parallels portfolio, the acquisition enables the Canadian company to give end users the added flexibility and freedom they need to securely work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. 

Enhancing remote and hybrid work

“The future of work is now: we are living it,” says Prashant Ketkar, Chief Technology & Product Officer at Corel. “The COVID pandemic further accelerated the need for remote and hybrid work infrastructures. Organizations are figuring out how they can cater to the workplace flexibility that employees want while also ensuring secure and efficient access. Coral aims to help organizations navigate this shift.” 

With the addition of Awingu, we are further improving remote and hybrid work experiences for everyone who interacts with our products.

Prashant Ketkar
Chief Technology & Product Officer at Corel

Seamless, secure and effective

Following the acquisition, Awingu will operate alongside Corel’s Parallels offering to deliver secure remote workspaces for customers in a range of sectors, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government and telecommunication. What’s more, the 30-strong Awingu team, including CEO Walter Van Uytven, will join Corel and bring vast strategic and engineering expertise to the Canadian company. 

I’m excited to join Corel together with the Awingu team. Our companies share the same mission: to ensure a seamless, secure and effective workspace, no matter from which location an employee is working.

Walter Van Uytven
CEO of Awingu

Remote working cockpit

With Awingu’s software, users can create a sort of “remote working cockpit” using their PC or smartphone, allowing them to work smoothly and safely with all the programs they need. Founded in Ghent back in 2011, Awingu experienced a major boost when people began working from home en masse at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Currently, nearly 1 million people use its software

The Flanders-based company’s growth figures soon caught the eye of Corel. As such, the Canadian group, known for compression programs such as WinZip and the word processor WordPerfect, is acquiring Awingu to accelerate its international expansion while focusing on the development of new applications. 

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newspaper De Tijd, press release Corel
29 June 2022

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