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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.


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WordStar, originally from MicroPro, was a popular word processor during the early 80s. It was ported to a number of CP/M architectures as well as Unix and PC/MS-DOS. It competed directly against many word processors, including WordPerfect, Microsoft Word for DOS, and Multimate. By the late 80s most business word processing had moved to WordPerfect. In the early 90s, Microsoft Word for Windows took over.


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A word processor from Chinese company Kingsoft that knocks off Microsoft Word.


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Xerox Globalview is a desktop environment and office suite originally developed for the Xerox Star. It was developed in the MESA programming language on the Xerox Star, and ported to Sun Solaris, OS/2, and Windows 3.1 (The OS/2 version requires a MESA emulator card).


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Xoom OfficeSuite 97 is a half-assed office suite based around WordStar 2.0 for Windows. It includes the Xoom Word Pro 1.0 word processor, Xoom Calc 1.0 spreadsheet, and Xoom Photo 1.0 image editor. It seems it was targeted at budget users and system bundles.


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XyWrite is a word processor for MS-DOS and Windows modeled on the mainframe-based ATEX typesetting system. Popular with writers and editors for its speed and degree of customization, XyWrite was in its heyday the house word processor in many editorial offices, including the New York Times from 1989 to 1993. XyWrite was developed by David Erickson and marketed by XyQuest from 1982 through 1992, after which it was acquired by The Technology Group. The final version for MS-DOS was 4.18 (1993); for Windows, 4.13. An offshoot descendant of XyWrite called Nota Bene is still being actively developed.


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Zenographics Pixie is a simplified, easy to use business presentation and graphing program. It is designed to work with Microsoft Windows 2.x. It was designed to interoperate with their high end Zenographics Mirage graphics software. It can export to Mirage, CGM, and Windows metafiles, and provide output to film recorders.