Re: Future of WordPerfect Redux
- Sounds frighteningly like the kind of thing MS would do. Did anyone say
On 3 Oct 2005, at 1:51 pm, R. Kevin Hill wrote:
> I thought I had addressed this, but perhaps my claim had been refuted
> and I missed it? Many years ago, Corel and Microsoft entered into a
> contract. I don't recall what MS gave them (money I think, I think
> they were in trouble at the time) and in exchange Corel agreed to
> shelve WPMac permanently, in order to give MSWord a monopoly on the
> Mac platform, while giving their only serious competition on the
> Windows platform a boost in terms of drawing people to Windows, also
> an MS product, away from Mac. Whether this was a good idea or not I
> don't know, but the upshot is that MS *paid* Corel to kill it and they
> did, and the result is that Word is the monopoly program on the Mac
> platform. Thus no technical obstacles are relevant and it can never be
> revived unless MS says so, which they won't.
> Am I wrong?
- Phillip Jones, C.E.T. said:
>If that's the problem why doesn't Corel sell WordPerfect to someone else.This has already been addressed on this list several times. Corel has
>I mean the Mac, PC, Linux, Unix versions period. Since they want to go
>strictly into Graphics which was their Forte before buying WordPerfect.
>They are dumb or stubborn?
indicated that they don't want to sell the WP/Mac product to someone else
because they fear that such a product in the hands of another company
might reflect badly on the WP/Win product and devalue it.
(Which is one of the reasons that I suspect that Corel is grooming WP to
be sold to another company at some point.)
Randy B. Singer
Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)
Routine OS X Maintenance and Generic Troubleshooting