wordstar for windows xp

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Hi experts:

working in wordstar in the os windows 98 now planning to upgrade to windowsxp professional but no idea wheather the word star is compatible with the windows xp. if word star is not compatible with the windows xp then please suggest the equivalent application.

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It's been a long time since I've heard of Wordstar... the world has moved on to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Use Microsoft Word (paid) or try OpenOffice (free and very good)...http://www.openoffice.org/
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WordStar is no longer developed, maintained or sold by its owners; it is effectively abandonware. It is currently the property of Riverdeep, Inc.,[11] an education and consumer software company, which is now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology.

WordStar for Windows was also released under the name WordStar Personal Writer, and is a development of WordStar Legacy itself developed from a program called Legacy. XOOM also released a version of WordStar for Windows 2.0 called Xoom Word Pro.

Although no current version of WordStar is available for modern operating systems, some former WordStar users still prefer WordStar's interface, especially the cursor diamond commands. These users claim less hand movement is necessary to issue commands, and hence that writing under this interface is more efficient. The user accesses the nearby Ctrl key and then a letter or combination of letters, thus keeping his hands on or close to the typing home row instead of moving them away from it to reach for a specialty key or a mouse.

To accommodate these users, WordStar emulation programs were created. One such program is CtrlPlus by Yoji Hagiya, which remaps the standard PC keyboard, making many WordStar commands available in most Windows programs.


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