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The Attackers Support The Underdog

Disclaimer here: I used to work for a big conglomerate (AT&T) before it was broken up. Post-Bell System, I still believe in the value of big. Microsoft does most things well, like AT&T did. But not all.

This is about one of those.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Word drives me batty. It won't format documents easily, and no one has been able to teach me that tab, indent and paragraph interface.

Don't get me started.

Well, just one little comment about the delete block function (I'm not willing to call it a feature). Does Microsoft have to ask twice about everything? ARRRGH!

So, it was with some pleasure that I see the Department of Justice is buying WordPerfect from Corel, not Word. The government is spending $13.2 million for 50,000 licenses for WordPerfect. You may remember the DOJ's attack against Microsoft for its alleged anti-trust activities.

With rumors of WP's impending demise, this news is a welcome relief to the long list of lawyers who love WordPerfect.

Microsoft needn't worry, though. It sold $2.8 billion of Microsoft Office software in 3Q 2004, and the DOJ still buys MS Office for about $150/copy.

Small victories are apparently hard to come by.


Posted by J. Craig Williams on Monday, March 07, 2005

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