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Wordstar Professional v4.0

Wordstar Professional v4.0
Wordstar Professional v4.0

SystemDOS
Floppy (5.25")6

MicroPro

DOS

Release Date: 1/1/1987
Manufacturer: MicroPro
 
WordStar is a word processor application, published by MicroPro International, originally written for the CP/M operating system but later ported to DOS, that enjoyed a dominant market share during the early to mid-1980s. Although Seymour I. Rubinstein was the principal owner of the company, Rob Barnaby was the sole author of the early versions of the program; starting with WordStar 4.0, the program was built on new code written principally by Peter Mierau.

WordStar was a text-based word processing program, meaning that it worked with files that were essentially text, with markup language-like formatting commands (such as the "dot commands"); this made the files relatively small. By contrast, most word processors today are code-based, and save their documents in much larger files.

WordStar was originally developed for CP/M in 1978. It was the most feature-rich and easy-to-use word processor available for this operating system, and became a de facto standard. In 1981 WordStar version 2.26 was bundled with the Osborne 1 portable computer. Notably, WordStar was the last commercial word processor supporting the CP/M operating system. Release 4, the final CP/M compatible version, was sold with 5.25 floppy disk as a default, and an 8" version as an option.

WordStar is no longer developed, maintained or sold by its owners; it is effectively abandonware. It is currently the property of Riverdeep, Inc., an education and consumer software company, which is now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology.


User Comments
pliku kaku on Monday, April 01, 2013
in one way, it still the best word processor
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