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August 10, 1988

NO SNOW ON THEIR BOOTS: SOVIETS VISIT MICROPRO IN SUNNY CALIFORNIA

By CBR Staff Writer

There are one or two Ivans and Olgas who may wish that if they had to go in for perestroika they could perhaps do it with something else, but having more or less mastered even the more arcane intricacies of WordStar here at Apt, we wouldn’t have too much sympathy. Yes, that’s right, WordStar is on its way to Siberia and points west if MicroPro International Corp has its way. The company reports that a delegation of six top Soviet computer scientists visited its headquarters in San Rafael, California the other day to review software technology and to discuss possible co-operative software development and marketing of WordStar. We’re excited about the possibility of expanding the global market for WordStar with our friends in the Soviet Union, declared an exuberant Leon WIlliams, president and chief executive of the word processor company that has seen better days: WordStar is renowned for its ability to boost productivity of office workers, and the introduction of our Cyrillic interface is yet another example that WordStar is the true international word processor. While at MicroPro the Soviet delegation learned the history of WordStar and discussed software production and licensing issues in the Soviet Union and other Comecon countries. It is in the US for a week.

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