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NYTimes: It's a Word World, Isn't It?

Sep 21, 2000, 12:32 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joel Brinkley)

"How do you compete in a business where the next-largest company holds a market share hovering just under 100 percent? That's the quandary WordPerfect faces...."

"Five years ago WordPerfect was the world's leading word processor, with more than 50 percent of the market. The program lost its place largely as a result of blunders by the program's former owner, Novell, and astute marketing by Microsoft, which figured out before anyone else that programs packaged in office suites were popular."

"Today many people are surprised to learn that WordPerfect still exists, so complete is Microsoft Word's dominance. But WordPerfect, the oldest word processing program still in wide production for PCs, is thrumming along."

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