Here in the legal profession it is practically gospel: Yevheniia Savchenko is a legal writer in Lavrina. Yevheniia flips through the most interesting and relevant news from the legal and legaltech world and gathers them on Lawrina`s blog. Yevheniia also writes various guides on Legaltech and writes product articles and release notes for Loio, an AI-powered contract review and drafting software. I switched from WordPerfect to Word a few years ago, thanks to a professional detour outside the legal profession. I don`t remember any frustrations, but one thing I remember well: I had no choice. I had to make the most of it, no matter how I felt. I love receiving your emails and reading your messages. I pass it on to our administrators and others when I know it applies to our (not legal) work. Some thank me for the articles, especially if it saves them time. I am the guru of my office and the one people call when they encounter a problem. As you said in this article, understanding HOW Word works compared to WP has made a huge difference instead of just pressing buttons. I`ve found that so many admins do NOTHING to improve their skills, but keep complaining (like in your example), complaining, dragging their feet, blaming the software, and keep asking the office guru for help.
They are doing themselves a great disservice with this way of thinking. I started referring them to YouTube to encourage their learning and understanding, telling them to sign up for your emails (and others) and „google“ their problem. Ultimately, Word is compatible with most enterprise software applications and formats. Word is supported on multiple devices, and most other software tools work with Word documents. Also, unlike WordPerfect, MS Word can be installed and run on both Windows and macOS. In Bloomberg Law`s 2020 study, 73% of lawyers surveyed said that in law firms, compatibility with already installed technology is the key factor in adopting legal technology. While the latest version of WordPerfect includes many features for lawyers, it cannot be easily integrated into the workflow of lawyers and their clients at this point. At the height of its popularity, WordPerfect was one of the pioneers of word processing software, along with WordStar and ClarisWorks (now AppleWorks). WordPerfect was widely used in various professions, but in the end, it survived in the legal industry. I returned to the legal world after being away for 21 years. Not only did I have to learn Word better, but I never touched WordPerfect („WP“) in my life and I learned how to handle billing. I learned everything with the help of my boss who swears by WP but supports Word to collaborate with others.
WordPerfect has always had legal tools. In fact, WordPerfect largely dominated the market in the early days of PC word processing. The legal industry required a certain characteristic. The large number of keyboard shortcuts is now one of WordPerfect`s most popular features among its regular „power users“ such as legal secretaries, paralegals, and lawyers. „In every law firm I`ve worked in, I`ve never been introduced to a word editor other than Microsoft Word,“ said Berlinda Bernard, paralegal, author and blogger for Quintessential Pillar. „The few times WordPerfect has been mentioned is when lawyers look back and make comparisons. However, I never heard anyone say they wanted to go back. Corel has served these markets, for example with a major sale to the U.S.
Department of Justice in 2005.  A related factor is that WordPerfect Corporation has been particularly responsive to the legal profession`s requests for functionality and has integrated many features that have been particularly useful for this niche market. These functions continued in later versions, which are usually directly accessible with keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft Word is a perennial favorite among word processing software applications. It`s everywhere – from school homework to court records. However, not so long ago, there was also WordPerfect – another important word processing tool that was popular in the 1980s to 1990s. Now it remains alive in jurisprudence, which is especially evident in the occasional social media wars in comments on posts about the WordPerfect vs MS Word case. But even among lawyers, Word has surpassed WordPerfect. What for? I once heard an anecdote (I`d like to remember where, and wish I could check) about a lawyer confronting a Microsoft employee with Word`s limited support for the legal market. The employee`s response was quite direct: „Given that the legal market represents less than 5% of our user base, why should we?“ It was incredibly intimidating because I entered a whole new area of law with a one-person law firm and the outgoing paralegal left me early after signing me up for only four days instead of the two weeks originally scheduled. Although similar results can be achieved in Word using different tools, some lawyers are reluctant to switch to Microsoft`s tools.
„Older paralegals grew up with WordPerfect, and many still prefer it,“ said Jackie Van, certified paralegal, writing owner/coach at The Paralegal Writer™ and professor of paralegal studies. „If you`re familiar with the original codes and macros, why change?“ Despite these lawyer-friendly tools, WordPerfect failed to overwhelm MS Word in the legal department. In November 2004, Novell filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft for alleged anticompetitive conduct (for example, tying Word to the sale of Windows), which Novell said resulted in WordPerfect`s loss of market share.  This action was rejected in July 2012 after several delays.   Novell appealed the decision in November 2012, but it was also dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2014 without comment, ending the lawsuit nearly a decade after it began.   Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 included version 9 of its core applications: WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Presentations, Paradox, and CorelCentral. All versions of the suite also include Trellix 2 and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.  Suite for Windows was released in preview on November 16, 1998 and released on May 25, 1999.
 The Home and Student Edition and Family Pack omit Presentations and Paradox software. The Small Business edition was published on January 31, 2000 and omits Paradox.  Its dominance ended after the Microsoft Windows version failed, as Microsoft initially did not share its Windows application programming interface (API) specifications, which slowed down the application. After receiving the Windows APIs, there was a long reprogramming delay before introducing an improved version. Microsoft Word was introduced at the same time as WordPerfect`s first attempt, and Word took over the market as it was faster, aided by aggressive bundles that eventually spawned Microsoft Office. WordPerfect was no longer a popular standard in the mid-1990s. WordPerfect Corporation was sold to Novell in 1994, which sold the product to Corel in 1996. Corel has since released the product regularly, often as office suites under the name WordPerfect, which include the Quattro Pro spreadsheet, presentation slide formatter, and other applications. I`ve heard this argument like „I don`t need to know how Word works, I just need to know which buttons to press.“ But if you don`t understand Word`s basic underlying structure (e.g., styles), that means you still have to fight Word for dominance and reap the consequences.