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A document being edited in WordPerfect X3 Satellite Software International (SSI) Initial release 1979; 39 years ago ( 1979) X9 (May 23, 2018; 54 days ago ( 2018-05-23)) and later Website WordPerfect ( WP) is a application owned by with a long history on multiple platforms. The program was originally developed under contract at for use on a in 1979. The authors retained the rights to the program, forming Satellite Software International (SSI) to sell it under the name WordPerfect in 1980. A to followed in 1982 and several greatly updated versions quickly followed.
The application's feature list was considerably more advanced than its main competition,, an established program that originated on. Despite its comprehensive abilities, it still gained praise for its 'look of spareness' and clean display. WordPerfect rapidly displaced most other systems, especially after the 4.2 release in 1986.
By release 5.1 in 1989, WordPerfect had become a standard in the DOS market. At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, it was a dominant player in the word processor market, partly because of extensive, no-cost support, with 'hold jockeys' entertaining users on hold.
While best known in its and versions, its early popularity was based partly on its availability for a wide variety of computers and operating systems. Its dominant position ended after a flubbed release for Microsoft Windows, followed by a long delay before introducing an improved version., having been tuned for some time on the Mac, was introduced at the same time in a much superior version. Word rapidly took over the market, helped by aggressive bundling deals that ultimately produced, and by the mid-1990s, WordPerfect was no longer the de facto standard.