WordPerfect 5.0 (OS/2)

During the late 1980's, WordPerfect was THE standard word processor for DOS based PCs in big business. Under DOS, it competed mostly against Wordstar. WordPerfect for Windows enjoyed some success in the early Windows environments, but was quickly displaced by Microsoft Word for Windows. Later Windows versions were part of Borland Office/Novell PerfectOffice/Corel Office/Corel WordPerfect Office.

Release notes

WordPerfect 5.0 for OS/2 is a text-based application, not a GUI Presentation Manager application, and operates just like the DOS version. Unlike the DOS version, it can work with larger document files, and run multiple instances at once. Graphics preview only work in full screen sessions, not text windows. Unfortunately, this was at a time when WYSIWYG GUI word processing was becoming very important.

Requires 2MB RAM for OS/2 1.0, 3MB RAM for OS/2 1.1.

Version 5.2, released several years later, switched to a GUI.

Product type
Application Word Processor
WordPerfect Corporation
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Download count
188 (3 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
WordPerfect 5.0 for OS2 (1990-02) (5.25-1.2mb) (3.5-1.44mb) 5.0 for OS/2 English 27.91MB 3


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