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Issue No. 04 - October-December (2006 vol. 28)
ISSN: 1058-6180
pp: 48-63
Thomas J. (Tim) Bergin , American University
Following development of the early word processing software packages--Electric Pencil, EasyWriter, and WordStar--and the IBM PC's arrival, the race among vendors began in earnest to win market share. Of the more than 400 software packages available in the mid-1980s, only a scant few survived. This article tells the story of how word processing software evolved in response to market pressures, new hardware capabilities, user demand, and corporate decision making.
word processing software, Bravo, WordStar, Word Perfect, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows, Pete Peterson, Charles Simonyi, Xerox PARC
Thomas J. (Tim) Bergin, "The Proliferation and Consolidation of Word Processing Software: 1985-1995", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 28, no. , pp. 48-63, October-December 2006, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2006.77
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