Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Dec 2016 21:07 UTC

Clearly there was something extraordinary about Word for Windows. Part of its success was due to Microsoft's marketing acumen. But it was also a stunning technical achievement, and its ability to run on ordinary PCs created the first popular vanguard of the new graphics-oriented style of document preparation.

Remember, this was a time when a typical personal computer might have an 8 Mhz processor, 1 megabyte of memory, a 20 megabyte hard disk, and a floppy disk drive. How did Word accomplish so much with so little?

There's only one way to understand the magic in detail: read the code. With the permission of Microsoft Corporation, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use, the source code of Word for Windows version 1.1a as it was on January 10, 1991.

Quite amazing that we're getting access to the source code for pivotal software like this.

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This is NOT open source!
by lfnuke2 on Thu 29th Dec 2016 05:24 UTC
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Note that this code is not using a open source license,
It is limited to non-commercial use...

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RE: This is NOT open source!
by Kochise on Thu 29th Dec 2016 07:01 in reply to "This is NOT open source!"
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Don't tell me you were about to recompile this and sell it ?

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RE[2]: This is NOT open source!
by Lennie on Thu 29th Dec 2016 10:01 in reply to "RE: This is NOT open source!"
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Open source actually has a legal meaning. Calling this open source would not be correct.

One part of the definition of open source software is that you are allowed to change it. You are not in this case.

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