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Microsoft Spell is a spell checking application intended for use with Microsoft Word 1.x for DOS. You can also use it as a standalone program. Microsoft Spell 1.0 was available for purchase by itself, but later versions were bundled with Microsoft Word for DOS.


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The Microsoft Word word processor was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1983. Its design made use of a mouse and WYSIWYG graphics. Its crude WYSIWYG/mouse support was a direct response to the Apple Lisa/Mac, and VisiCorp Visi On. Initially it competed against many popular word processors such as WordStar, Multimate, and WordPerfect. Word for DOS was never really successful.


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Microsoft Works was an all-in-one scaled-down Word Processor, Spreadsheet, and Database geared towards the home user. It was released in variants for early DOS, Windows, and Macintosh. Microsoft Works competed against Lotus Jazz, FrameWork, AlphaWorks/LotusWorks, PFS First Choice, and many others.


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Mindreader, originally by Kalman Toth of BusinesSoft and later from Brown Bag Software, is an "Artificial Intelligence based word processor" that learns the way you write, and anticipates what you are going to type next. It may suggest words, phrases, or entire paragraphs that you may add with a single keystroke.


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MultiMate, originally named WordMate, is a word processor designed to mimic the user interface of Wang word processing machines. It was primarily sold to large businesses, but eventually became popular with home users that were familiar with the Wang word processors. Later versions were bundled with extra third party software under the name MultiMate Advantage.


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MultiMate Advantage is the high-end professional version of MultiMate, targeted at corporate users.


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Microsoft Multiplan was an early 8-bit spreadsheet application for CP/M and MS-DOS with ports to numerous other platforms in the early 80s. Initially it competed against VisiCalc and later Lotus 1-2-3. A companion product, Microsoft Chart, provided graphing support. Multiplan was never ported to Windows, where it was replaced with Microsoft Excel. Excel also replaced Multiplan on the Macintosh platform.


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MyTreasures is a budget database program from My Software that is specifically designed for keeping track of collectibles. It features the ability to sort, print booklets, labels, reports, and Rolodex cards. Perfect for inventorying your baseball cards, coins, or VHS video collection.


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Legend, from NBI, is a document processing program for Microsoft Windows 2.x. It primarily acts as a desktop publishing program, enabling users to lay out frames or embed graphics, but is can also act as a word processor. WordStar International where it became WordStar for Windows.


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Based on GeoWorks, New Deal Office was a graphical operating environment for DOS which later became Breadbox Ensemble. New Deal adds a Windows-95 like user interface with a task bar and start menu. New Deal Office targeted low-end 386 and 486 computers that were not up to the task of running Windows 95. It was also released in a "WebSuite" edition only includes the internet connectivity and web browsing tools.


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NewWord is a clone of WordStar created by former MicroPro employees. It filled a gap for WordStar users as WordStar 3.3 went unupdated, and eventually became the basis for WordStar 4.0.


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Norton Textra Writer is an easy to use word processor for IBM PCs and compatibles running DOS. It was based on Ann Arbor Software' Textra, a small and fast word processor highly optimized for speed and rapid data entry, and published by the W W Norton & Co Inc publishing company (no relation to Peter Norton Computing or Symanetc).


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First released in 1982 and based on XyWrite, Nota Bene is a word processor specifically tailored to academic use. It is a very complex, unfriendly, program, but it is packed full of features. Features include footnotes, endnotes, redlining, styles, outlining, tables, indexes, bibliographies, a text retrieval system, foreign language support, spell checker, thesaurus, and a built in programming language. The Ibid component was an option that acted as sort of a database of bibliographic references.


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First released in 1984, Nutshell was one of the first easy-to-use general purpose databases. It was created by Nashoba Systems and initially distributed by Leading Edge. layout design. It also supports calculated fields and sorting. version through Forethought Inc. as FileMaker. Later, Nashoba was acquired by Claris, where the product eventually became FileMaker Pro. found here: FileMaker History


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OfficeWriter, from Office Solutions, Inc and later Software Publishing Corporation, is a word processor that mimics the Wang word processor system. It was targeted at corporations and competed against Multimate, another Wang word processor workalike.


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Omnis, from Blyth Software, is an easy to use multiuser relational database for Windows, MacOS, and OS/2. It was the first database ported to Microsoft Windows, which ran on Windows 1.0x.


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Open Access III is a DOS based integrated office suite that includes a database, word processor, spreadsheet, statistical analysis, graphics, telecommunications and a C style custom application programming language.


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Oracle Server is an enterprise grade database used in many corporations. Oracle makes current versions of their software avaialble for download, but older versions usually disappear.


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Released in 1984 by Business & Professional Software, Inc, Overhead Express is a very early presentation program for the IBM PC that features high quality type, and an on screen print preview. It is geared towards overhead presentations, but can also be used for flyers, newsletters, report cover, labels, and more.


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PC-CALC is an easy-to-use "Visible Spreadsheet" program. If you work with numbers, at home, on the job or at school, PC-CALC is for you. Whether the task is simple or complex, PC-CALC can help you. By using its powerful commands, reports can be produced in minutes that would take hours to do manually, or days to write in BASIC. PC-CALC, written by Jim "Button" Knopf of ButtonWare ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Knopf ), is historically notable because it was one of the first programs marketed as shareware.


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PC-File is a simple flat file database management program for DOS. PC-File, along with PC-Write, and PC-Talk were the first popular products sold under the "Shareware" concept.


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PC-Write, written by Bob Wallace of Quicksoft, was an editor for the PC and along with PC-File and PC-Talk was one of the first widely distributed shareware programs.


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PeachText 5000 is a complete personal productivity system for word processing, financial modeling, mailing lists and simple database management. It contains a thesaurus, spell checker, and file conversion tools.


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Perfect Calc, from Perfect Software, Inc, is a VisiCalc-like spreadsheet for DOS. It was somewhat of a budget product, and bundled with a number of CP/M and DOS systems.


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Perfect Filer, from Perfect Software, Inc, is an easy to use database for DOS bundled with a number of early DOS and CP/M computers. "Perfect Filer is designed to assist you in the effective management of information. Essentially Perfect Filer allows you to build a computerized records management system where data on clients, customers or other case records can be stored . No more typing and retyping the same information, searching through file drawers, or hand copying or typing information stored in a file . With Perfect Filer your computer can do these tasks and more . You enter information in the file only once, Perfect Filer retrieves it, prints it where and how you want it-on invoices, shipping labels, monthly statements, form letters, etc . Perfect Filer's uses in the modern office are unlimited."