March 24, 1994 |
Novell Inc.'s plan to buy WordPerfect Corp. sets up a dogfight with Microsoft Corp. that could leave all sides battered. The question is whether Novell will survive the struggle. "Both companies have no illusions," said Jeffrey Tarter, publisher of Softletter, a software trade publication in Watertown, Mass. "There's going to be a winner and a loser or, like World War I, years of trench warfare where everybody gets beat up over a few yards of territory."
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.