Discussion: Microsoft Office alternatives come with some caveats

EnterpriseDesktopATE Serdar Yegulalp Profile: EnterpriseDesktopATE
Microsoft Office
Open source and free suites such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice could save organizations money, but not effort in comparison with Microsoft Office.

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  • AnonymousUser
    Serdar, are you sure that OpenOffice or LibreOffice are not being tripped?

    Here are some mind-blowing facts:

    1993 Microsoft uses Monopoly power to kill Word Perfect
    The next challenge to the Microsoft Monopoly was a word processor called Word Perfect – which until 1993 had a higher market share than Microsoft Word. One of the purposes for the constant model changes in Windows was to create incompatibility with Word Perfect. Novell, which owned Word Perfect, recently brought a lawsuit against Microsoft for this predatory practice. As evidence that Microsoft used model changes to give Word and Office an advantage, Novell produced a 1994 email from Bill Gates that states:
    "I have decided that we should not publish these extensions. We should wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be harder for likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage . . . We can't compete with Lotus and WordPerfect/Novell without this.".... Bill Gates 1994
    The failure to publish the extensions meant that Word Perfect was not compatible with Windows 95 when it was released in 1995 – and that led to the death of Word Perfect as shown on the following chart:

    Market Share of Word Perfect versus Word 1986 to 1997
    Graph from Stan Liebowitz, University of Texas at Dallas

    18,240 pointsBadges:

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