I remember a time a long while ago where Word Perfect was the Must Have Word Processor.
Everyone used Word Perfect and if you wanted to share your documents you had to have Word Perfect or at the very least something that would read Word perfect acceptably well.
Guess what Word was considered by all Business as Domestic and nothing more than Cheap Rubbish that simply didn't work all that well.
What changed was not Microsoft making Word better they combined it with Excel, Access, Power Point and so on so that you could EASILY move your data between different applications. previously this was not possible and you had to reenter your data that needed sharing into several applications individually. So you had a Mailing List in Word Perfect and a Customer List in Lotus 123 both of which most times where the same and when you produced something in Lotus 123 you couldn't simply Copy & Paste it to Word Perfect.
Allowing Data Sharing between different applications was what made Microsoft Office so useful to business as it reduced the need to employ and pay extra staff to do what was effectively the same thing by entering the same details into different programs. Suddenly you made the cost of doing business considerably cheaper and for that reason alone Microsoft Office was a success.
Right at the moment Microsoft Office is the Default Office Productivity Suite but that could change if someone else was to release something else which made the cost of doing business cheaper or Microsoft upset their customers enough for them to move to something different.
Word didn't open Word Perfect Documents properly unless they where basic and didn't have any major formatting included in them but it was still in Business Best Interests to move to word and rewrite the documents that simply failed to open properly in Word.
If you look at a lot of Legal Form Letters available to download from the Courts and the like many are still in WP Format because that was how they where originally written.
Some may have been changed and any new ones will be in the Original Word Format .doc but the vast majority are still in Word Perfect Format and will remain that way for the foreseeable future if not for ever.
So if there was something new released that made business costs cheaper Business would adopt it and eventually it would become the default that you must have to continue to do business effectively. Sure not everyone is going to Jump Ship Immediately just as not everyone moved from Word Perfect to Microsoft Office immediately when it was first released but just like Word Perfect eventually was left behind by the bulk of Business Microsoft Office can as well.
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