CNET News: Corel on Tuesday announced an updated version of WordPerfect Office, its rival to Microsoft's dominant Office suite.
This news item triggered some synapses to take a short trip down software memory lane, so here goes.
I've been using Microsoft Word for over twelve years now, from version 6 when it was called 'Word 6 for Windows' to differentiate it from the DOS version. I beta-tested Word for Windows 95 and have moved with the various versions in the ensuing years to today's 2003 version as part of the latest Microsoft Office suite. Beta tested that, too, prior to release. (Good history of Word on Wikipedia, if that interests you.)
Before Word, I was a devoted user of Ami Pro, originally published by Samna and then by Lotus when they acquired Samna (and Lotus was subsequently acquired by IBM). Terrific application. But it didn't move with the times among other things. Before that, it was WordPerfect, specifically version 5.1 for DOS which was arguably the dominant word processor (that description sounds quaint today, doesn't it?) in the late 80s and early 90s. At least, that's what every company I knew was using.
Tucked away in my attic are boxes of museum-grade software from the early and pioneerings days of the IBM PC (remember the phrase 'IBM-compatible computer'?), which takes in just about all the 1980s especially the early part of that decade.