WinText 1.x

Palantir WinText is an executive level word processor for Microsoft Windows. Its primary claim to fame: it was advertised as the first word processor for Windows other than Write.

WinText features the ability to open multiple document windows at the same time, either overlapped or tiled. It features the ability to embed graphics, includes a spell checker (but not in the demo) and hyphenator, handles files of indefinite length, includes mail merge, boilerplates, multilevel undo, page preview, and document import file converters.

Like other standard Windows applications, it can share data between most other Windows programs via the Windows Clipboard, and supports all printers supported by Windows.

It was criticized for being slow compared to DOS programs due to the overhead of Microsoft Windows, as well as requiring a mouse for some operations rather than the keyboard. It was also priced rather high for functionally comparable word processors.

Palantir announced WinText along with a few other Windows applications in summer 1987. It is a little unclear exactly when they started shipping but it was among the earlier commercial Windows word processors, if not the first.

NBI Legend 1.0, arguably more of a desktop publisher than word processor, was released around that time (late 87 or early 88), and Samna Ami 1.0 shortly after. Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows was not released until November 1989.

Other Palantir products included: "WinTime" scheduler, "WinGraph", "WinCalc" spreadsheet, "WinFiler" database, "Windows Spell" standalone spell checker, "NetTime" network version of WinTime, "Windows InTalk" telecommunication , "WinLook" image manager, "WinPaint" paint program, and "WinFonts".font editor.

Wanted: Full Palantir WinText 1.0, other Palantir Windows products.


Release notes

The demo disk contains limited functional demonstration versions of the Palantir Wintext Word Processor and WinTime resource scheduling application. The demo version does not include the spell checker.

Installation instructions

The demo version requires Windows 1.03 or later. It is crashy under 1.01. Requires at least 512k RAM.

Product type
Application Word Processor
Palantir Inc.
Release date
User interface
Download count
0 (0 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Palantir WinText and WinTime Demo (6-13-1988) (5.25-1.2mb) Demo (6-13-1988) English 1.1MB 0


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