Old software packages don’t die, especially if they are source code versions. Just look at RealWorld. RealWorld? Wasn’t that purchased by Great Plains ages ago?

Yes, Great Plains did purchase RealWorld early in 2000. But nearly year-old figures from Microsoft Business Solutions, which in turn bought Great Plains, show that the supposedly defunct RealWorld line, best known for its Cobol-based Classic Accounting software, has 18,000 users. And that’s probably low, says John Miller, president of Passport Software, based in Glenview, Ill.

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