March 22, 1994 |
In keeping with the software industry's urge to merge, heavyweight Novell Inc. agreed Monday to buy WordPerfect Corp., its Utah neighbor and longtime ally, for $1.4 billion in stock and options. The union would create a formidable software industry competitor combining the world leader in the booming personal computer networking business with the dominant force in word processing.
February 14, 1994 |
U.S. patent No. 4,714,989--issued to engineer Roger Billings in 1987 for his "Functionally Structured Distributed Data Processing System"--might not sound like the stuff of a high-stakes court drama. But Billings, 46, a colorful inventor from Independence, Mo., contends that the patent makes him the owner of a prized office computing technologythat should be making him rich but isn't. In an effort to remedy that, he has taken software powerhouse Novell Inc.
October 4, 1990
Novell Inc. announced it has acquired the remaining 40% of Toronto-based Indisy Software Inc., a connectivity and electronic messaging software company. Novell has held a 60% interest in Indisy Software since July, 1988. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Indisy president A. L. Frank will continue to work with Novell for the immediate future as a sales and marketing consultant, said Kanwal Rekhi, Novell executive vice president of product development.