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So how does development happen? There seem to be two bug lists, and as I've
demonstrated, they give different results on the same data (yuk).

MS win by persuading industry (who are by far the dominant buyers - we
single users are very much a minority and ignored by MS) that
intercommunicability is a major issue - which it is. I'm old enough to
remember when there were half a dozen different word processing programs,
and exchanging data with a colleague in a different company was a major
issue. So instead of the industry settling on a single document format, MS
jumped into the breach with a very indifferent WP progam called "Word". Far
inferior to Word Perfect, but it sold on the back of the OS (DOS in those
days). One has to admire Gates for his commercial and marketing acumen,
however much one dislikes his philosophy and the products.

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