SoftKey International, Inc.

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SoftKey International, Inc. was first incorporated as MicroPro International Corp. founded in about 1978 by Seymour Rubinstein. Rubinstein remained with the company until 1986 when he left to start Surpass Corporation, which developed a spreadsheet program sold in 1988 to Borland International and was then released as Quattro Pro.

During the early days of computers, MicroPro International was best known for creating WordStar (word processing), CalcStar (spreadsheet), and DataStar (database) for the Apple II, Tandy, TRS-80's and DOS. The company changed its name to Wordstar International Inc. in June 1989.

WordStar International opened a foreign branch in France, WordStar International S.A., in 1991. The company then acquired Lifetree Software Inc. in 1991 and ZSoft in January 1993. Then in February 1994 Wordstar International merged with Spinnaker Software Corp. and SoftKey Software Products Inc., a Canadian producer of income tax software, to form the new company SoftKey International Inc. which was incorporated in the state of Delaware (US). In July of that year the subsidiary SoftKey Multimedia Inc. was also formed.

By this time SoftKey International Inc. had become a multi-billion dollar company and a major contender in the very competitive educational software market. The company was a developer, publisher, manufacturer, distributor and marketer of PC software. Products included productivity, lifestyle, education/entertainment and organizational software for individual, home and small business users and were available on magnetic disk and CD-ROM.

SoftKey International's acquisitions included: * Aris Multimedia Entertainment Inc. (June 1994) * Compact Publishing, Inc. (July 1994) * Software Marketing Corporation (Sept. 1994) * Tewi Verlag GmbH (July 1995) * Future Vision Holding, Inc. (Aug. 1995) * The Learning Company (Dec. 1995) * Compton's NewMedia, Inc. (Jan 1996) * Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC) (May 1996) * Edusoft (Aug. 1996)

In October 1996, the company changed its name to The Learning Company, Inc. and moved its headquarters to Cambridge, Massachusetts, the location of its subsidiary SoftKey Multimedia Inc.

The Softkey name was used as a label of The Learning Company, Inc. at least through 1999.

Credited on 10 Games from 1993 to 1999

Redneck Rampage (1997 on DOS, Macintosh, Windows)
MDK (1997 on DOS, Windows, PlayStation...)
Vlad Tepes Dracula (1997 on Windows)
Fantasy General (1996 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
McGee School Days (1996 on Macintosh, Windows 3.x, DOS)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1995 on Windows 3.x)
Louis Cat Orze: The Mystery of the Queen's Necklace (1995 on Windows 3.x)
Video Cube: Space (1994 on Windows 3.x)
Lamborghini: American Challenge (1992 on DOS, Game Boy, SNES...)
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (1992 on DOS, Windows, Amiga)

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October 1996

Softkey International changes its name to The Learning Company Inc.

August 12, 1996

SoftKey International acquires Edusoft S.A. (France).

May 17, 1996

SoftKey International acquires Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC).

January 4, 1996

The completion of the merger with Compton's NewMedia Inc. into SoftKey International announced.

December 7, 1995

SoftKey International Inc. announces that an agreement to acquire The Learning Company has been reached.

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