6095Re: [wpmac] Corel Bought Out
- Nov 30, 2009I was already writing for PC Magazine in those days - the copy of Word that got given away was a demo that wouldn't save or print, so you couldn't use it for any work. I remember finding a French version in a French computer magazine too. I suppose it's possible to call that "giving away a copy of Word" but it was a copy that couldn't save or print, so there wasn't much that you could do with it.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Doug Auwarter <dauwarter@...> wrote:
> Here's an entry from Wikipedia (not that it's an uncompromised
> While WordPerfect retained a majority of the retail shelf sales of
> word processors, Microsoft gained market share by including Word for
> Windows in its Windows product on new PCs. Microsoft gave discounts
> for Windows to OEMs who included Word on their PCs. When new PC
> buyers found Word installed on their new PC, Word began to dominate
> market share of desktop word processing. Among the remaining avid
> users of WordPerfect are many law firms and academics who favor the
> WordPerfect features such as macros and reveal codes. Corel now
> caters to these markets, with, for example, a major sale to the
> United States Department of Justice in 2005 . In November 2004,
> Novell filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft for alleged anti-
> competitive behavior (viz, tying Word to sales of Windows) that
> Novell claims led to loss of WordPerfect market share .
> I do know that at that time, some people received coupons to get a
> free copy, and that it was also included for free with an issue of PC
> magazine. This was at the same time that Microsoft was attempting to
> buy software developers that it wanted and if attempts were stalling,
> they'd threaten to put out a similar product and sell it for next to
> nothing or give it away for free.
> I'm not Microsoft bashing; I use their products myself. But there
> were certainly some dark days in the company's past that I'm sure
> they regret.
> On Nov 30, 2009, at 9:54 AM, em315 wrote:
> > I've been following the word-processing market closely since 1985,
> > and this is the first time I've ever heard of that episode, so I'd
> > be very interested to learn any more details.
> > There was certainly an episode in the '80s when Microsoft was
> > giving away copies of Excel (not Word) but it's news to me that any
> > government got upset. Perhaps you're thinking of the bundling of
> > Internet Explorer with Windows?
> > --- In email@example.com, Doug Auwarter
> > <dauwarter@> wrote:
> > >
> > > At the beginning. It may have been the first time they did something
> > > like that, and the practice ultimately got them in all kinds of hot
> > > water. I don't remember the details - I'm not a very enthusiastic
> > > Microsoft historian, but they did it several times to different
> > > software companies before various governments decided to put a stop
> > > to it.
> > > Best,
> > > Doug
> > >
> > > On Nov 30, 2009, at 12:52 AM, Chad Smith wrote:
> > >
> > > > What are you talking about? When did Microsoft ever give away Word
> > > > for free?
> > >
> > >
> > >
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