Re: OT: U have Windows 7?
- From: Flasherly <Flasherly@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 06:52:09 -0700 (PDT)
On Oct 27, 7:49 pm, "Jack Denver" <nunuv...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I blame WordPerfect as much as I give credit to MS for Word. WordPerfect
completely blew the transition from DOS to Windows. The 1st version of
WordPerfect for Windows was buggy and late to market and once they lost the
market they never got it back. They had what looked like an unsurmountable
lead and then they let MS eat their lunch.
I was more comfortable with WordStar, then preferring "roll your own"
quick-&-dirty for alternatives to mainstream offerings, not long
after, for either programming editors, Qedit or MultiEdit to supplant
most WP needs. W4W was the first WYSIWYG (what you see is what you
get) "rasterized" interface, (of course only Windows 3.X could exploit
thoroughly through fonts), which convinced me to seriously reconsider
books-as-books for a desktop publishing environ -- rather than
"streaming" various text utilities off unix to dos ports through an
editor at a printer's non-graphic command limitations. Apples and
oranges for early EGA+, pseudo-VGA multi-synch displays at $500 --
though them sure was pretty fruit.
Appears around 1987 with MS incentive initially to port the W4W for
both Motorola/MAC and Intel/PC platforms, (misplaced that before -
Windows 2.0, not 3.X appears then), whereas WordPerfect takes five
years to port itself into a GUI environ, in 1992, (naturally, to an
already burgeoning Windows 3.1), fully distancing itself three years
from when Microsoft first sells W4W, in 1989. Then, there's
WordPerfect's alliances and corporate (re)structuring to Borland,
Corel, and ultimately Novel -- a latter result, which then figures to
take what's left, umbrage, and sue MS for monopolisation practises of
bundling W4W to hardware sales. ...Wonder how much of that bright
graduate student from Brigham Young Univ., who authored WP, was left
vested in WordPerfect at that juncture of the corporate powerplay.
Computer advice for beginners: find a big hole to throw your money
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