In Pictures: When tech empires fall - 10 companies and products that dominated... and then didn't

These tech giants had a valuable market locked down. Then they screwed up.

WordPerfect In the glory days of MS-DOS, the word processor to beat was WordPerfect, which spent the '80s leagues ahead of its competition, and managed to pack user-friendliness and power into a text-based environment. But like an animal precisely evolved for its environment, it failed to survive when the climate changed; it took years for a stable Windows version of WordPerfect to appear, and when it did, many of its most beloved keyboard shortcuts were overridden by Windows defaults. Some suspect Microsoft used hidden APIs to give its own soon-dominant Word an unfair advantage. Today WordPerfect limps on in niche markets, like law offices, while Word rules as a de facto standard.

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