Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Oct 2005 19:10 UTC
Features, Office "Today, I want to take you on a journey. A journey that starts back into the cold recesses of the mid-1980s, back into the days of EGA and serial port mice and the MS-DOS Executive. Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows shipped in 1989 after a long development cycle and was designed to run on Windows 386. There's not much more to the program than what you see here, but it gives you an idea of how far Word's come."
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Hehe...
by dylansmrjones on Mon 3rd Oct 2005 23:10 UTC
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2005-10-02

I think it's funny to watch the versioning of Word :p

Word 3 was renamed Word 6 to catch up with WordPerfect (which was superior at that time). How many times haven't we seen that happening.

The article was way to overhyped with superlatives, but quite interesting to read.

However, I'm a bit worried about the lack of changes in the GUI. This could be a hint that the User Interface of textwriters haven't been reconsidered at all.

16 years and basically the same behaviour (not just in Word(pad)). SCARY!

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RE: Hehe...
by on Tue 4th Oct 2005 06:14 in reply to "Hehe..."
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Word 3 was renamed Word 6 to catch up with WordPerfect (which was superior at that time).

I think it was also called Word 6 to get the Mac and Windows version numbers to the same point. The Mac version of Word was already at 5.1. The change to Word 6 is largely regarded as the worst Mac version of Word ever, (interesting to me, since the article called Word 6 a big hit.)

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RE[2]: Hehe...
by on Tue 4th Oct 2005 13:38 in reply to "RE: Hehe..."
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The article that the article references says that Microsoft merged the teams for Windows & Apple Word 6, and as a result, the Mac version suffered. Consequently, they were separated again.

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