6115Re: [wpmac] Corel Bought Out
- Dec 1, 2009back in the day when WordPerfect was popular I used Lotus 1-2-3 not
excel. Then I used MS-works for Mac which was a direct ripoff port of
AppleWorks for Apple II. But apple didn't port fast enough instead they
came out with MacWrite Pro. I used WordPerfect/Lotus 1-2-3, Then
Ms-Works, then I bought Word and Excel because I wasn't interested the
rest off the office program. I finally relented, bought Office 2001, I
still don't use PowerPoint to this date.
Tom Wyrick wrote:
> In my opinion, the relative "friendliness" of MS Word is what really
> made it take off and kill off WordPerfect, over time. By the same token,
> it's *also* what motivates some people to swear by WordPerfect to this
> day. For example, I remember doing on-site computer service for a couple
> of law firms that absolutely HAD to have WordPerfect, because the legal
> assistants all relied on complex macros designed by former employees of
> the firms. Many of their often typed form-letters, they could generate
> with practically a single Function key combo - including such things as
> printing the address on the envelope automatically, as long as it was
> loaded in the printer behind the piece of paper for the letter itself,
> all in one shot.
> Theoretically, the same or similar functionality could probably be
> crafted into a Word template and macros ... but who wants to change
> products (spending money on another software license in the process),
> and THEN have to manually re-code and test all of that?
> But those users amount to a "niche" compared to all the students, year
> after year, who learn how to use a word processor for the first time
> (and almost always learn MS Word), plus all the business users who don't
> do enough "fancy stuff" to really care which word processor they use, as
> long as it lets them type and print. And again, they usually wind up
> with MS Word because it's offered, pre-loaded, as an option on so many
> new PCs.
> You have to remember too, people are typically buying an "office suite",
> not just a word processor. Office looks even more attractive when that's
> the case, because MS Excel is the de-facto best choice of a spreadsheet
> package on the market for Windows. Corel did try to sell "Wordperfect
> Office", but with no Excel spreadsheet - they just weren't enough of a
> On Nov 30, 2009, at 12:29 PM, John W wrote:
> > People tend to forget or ignore just how different Word and
> WordPerfect were, way back then. WordPerfect had the market share, but
> there wasn't any real competition until Word came along.
> > Does anyone else remember how obscure the WordPerfect keyboard
> commands were? I don't remember the WP keystrokes to save a document or
> to exit WP - I think it was some combination involving the F-keys. (WP
> never bothered with mnemonics.) And I think for many commands you had to
> use those keystrokes. Understand that this was really early in the
> graphical interface days; most secretaries and typists really weren't
> comfortable using a mouse.
> > I remember having to shut off and restart the computer because I
> couldn't figure out how to exit WordPerfect.
> > Word was like a blast of fresh air. (I know it's painful to hear
> this, but you had to be there.)
> > The menu structure seemed logical and the keyboard shortcuts made
> sense. It shortened my learning curve dramatically, and I never did
> learn how to use the early version of WP.
> > I'm not trying to sanitize history, but Microsoft's challenge to
> compare the two was evil genius at its best. Word was a better product
> by far, and WordPerfect didn't do anythiing about that until it was too
> late, so they brought the lawyers in.
> > __._
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