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On 11/03/2013 02:06 PM, Upscope wrote:
On Saturday, November 02, 2013 12:46:43 PM Urmas wrote:
"Les Howell":

Just a simple question, Do you know who originally designed Microsoft

Microsoft mostly.


Thats not totally correct if I remember right. Office started out as a 
joint project between IBM and Microsoft for the original PC. There was a 
differnet of directions and MS wnd IBM went there own ways. MS took a 
lot of the joint developemt (Stole) with them. we used to use Wordstar 
on or PC's.


It wasn't originally MS Office, it was just MS Word. It ran on DOS,
just like WordStar, but it had some basic word-processing functions
listed at the bottom, and it worked with a mouse, if I recall, which
WordStar did not. WordStar required a bunch of ctrl-x functions, where
x was some keyboard letter. This was, I believe, derived from
Teletype terminal days, where some k/b functions we expect, even some
found on a typewriter, didn't exist. Functions on a modern k/b, like
the up/down/left/right arrows were implemented by ctrl-x. Even
backspace, which doesn't exist on a teletype machine--ctrl-h will
do it. Even on a few programs today, but not T/Bird--I just tried!
I think Word was the first word processor to use a mouse, but I could
be wrong. After memorizing all the control functions in WordStar,
I stayed with it for quite a while, until WordPerfect came out.
I still won't use Word--WP is better, imho. I wish it were still
available for Linux.


Blessed are the peacemakers..for they shall be shot at from both sides.

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