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Word and Word Perfect Wars Are About To Enter The Courtroom

Let's talk word processors and litigation. My two favorite subjects: law and technology.

Two disclaimers here: I'm a MicroSoft devotee. I think the company has done wonders for computers and software, and although there may be some truth to the rumors, the monopoly arguments don't bother me. Of course, I used to work for AT&T before it was broken up. Despite my devotion, however, I much prefer Word Perfect over Word.

In my humble opinion, Word Perfect makes it much easier to format documents than Word. Admittedly, I don't know Word all that well because I don't use it everyday, but I have struggled to use it. In fact, I generally have to convert to Word if I'm going to send a document to a client. It should be easier.

Word Perfect itself has had a checkered history. It was started by the Word Perfect Corporation, and then sold to Novell, who owned it for two years, and then to Corel. We have found upgrades difficult to install, so we just keep it on the last one that works. Perhaps Corel hasn't invested enough into the program.

So, what's happening now?

Novell is about to sue Microsoft for its monopolistic treatment of Word, to the exclusion of Word Perfect. Novell has tried to reach a settlement with MicroSoft, but hasn't been able to get satisfaction. I'm sure Corel will be watching these developments closely.

Word has become so prevalent, and is such an inferior product, that I hope Novell gets some recovery for losing market share to MicroSoft.

Maybe I have to rethink that MicroSoft devotion.

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