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Catalog Number

102658157

Title

Personal computer (PC) software workshop : word processing

Type

Text

Date

2004-05-06

Contributor

Abbate, Janet, Historian
Ances, Carol Anne, Editor
Galley, Connie, Interviewee
Grier, David, Historian
Maples, Mike, Interviewee
O'Donald, Louise, Editor
Rubinstein, Seymour, Interviewee
Welke, Larry, Moderator

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Needham, Mass.

Extent

35 p.

Description

Seymour Rubinstein talks about how his early experience with word processing while at IMSAI led to the development of WordStar for the microcomputer. Changes to the distribution channel during the early years of microcomputers are then discussed and the competitive word processing programs are identified. Connie Galley presents her experience with the Duns Plus system that integrated word processing with other applications on a microcomputer. The significant effect that changing printer technologies had on word processors is explained followed by how the market changed as a result of an increased focus on the needs of the users. The participants then talk about the effect of having venture capitalists in their business and the process of going public. Finally, they discuss the impact of selling their products internationally.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Galley, Connie; Maples, Mike; Rubinstein, Seymour; IMSAI; MicroPro; Barnaby, John R.; VDP80; Gates, Bill; Microsoft Corporation; WordMaster; CP/M; NED; WORDSTAR (software); WordPerfect; MultiMate; XyWrite; Dun’s Plus; KeyMaster; TSI; Displaywriter; DisplayWrite; WYSIWYG; Epson MX80; Venture Capitalists; Software business history

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X4311.2008