HistoryOfWord

April 28, 2004
Interesting blog entry about the history of Word by Chris Pratley. And a follow-up.

This bit from the first post smells of disruption:
WinWord 6.0 was a monumental release in that it focused on ease of use, power and performance and really delivered a quantum leap over 2.0. It was devastating for WordPerfect, which until about 1992 had publicly said that they would not bother with a Windows release. ... the WP designers were stuck - they owned the market, and had fiercely loyal customers. These customers had told them: “do not move to Windows and destroy our beloved DOS app with its arcane but powerful key commands”.

Chris says the buzz around the GUIosity of Windows at the time was that all that stuff was for novices ... real users needed the powerful command line approach.

tags: ComputersAndTechnology
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