Hey, it wasn’t our platform that was monopolized by Microsoft*! Before Windows 3.1, most of you PC folk were using WordPerfect for word processing, Lotus 1-2-3 for spreadsheeting, and in all likelihood didn’t have a single Microsoft application on your computer.
Microsoft leveraged its insider knowledge of Windows to have Word for Windows (they called it that because Word by itself implied Macintosh to everyone!) and Excel ready when Windows was ready. While it is true that Lotus and WordPerfect Corp. underestimated Windows and didn’t devote enough resources to developing Windows versions of their software, this is in part due to the fact that they had no inkling of what Windows 3.x was really going to be like. Prior versions of Windows were only semi-GUI if I recall correctly, using custom fonts’ characters to draw “windows” and “buttons”. (Anyone who owned and used Windows 1.x or 2.x feel free to correct me on this). Only Microsoft really knew that Windows 3.0 was going to be a very Mac-like visual interface.
Next thing you know, PC users were using not only a Microsoft OS, but Microsoft applications. Subsequent PC Office suites competing with MS Office have not had the same / necessary insider information to keep up with changes in what the OS can do.
- except in spreadsheets, where Microsoft has a monopoly (Excel) on the Mac.
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