Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word (Windows)
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release Microsoft Office 2010
Operating system Microsoft Windows
License Proprietary
Website Word Home Page - Microsoft Office Online
Microsoft Word (Mac OS X)
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release Microsoft Office 2011
Operating system Mac OS X
License Proprietary
Website Word Home Page - Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft Word (often called Word) is a graphical word processing program that users can type with. It is made by the computer company Microsoft. The purpose of the MS Word is to allow the users to type and save documents.

Similar to other word processors, it has helpful tools to make documents paper. Some of the important tools are a spelling & grammar checker, word count (this also counts letters and lines), and the newer version includes speech recognition (a technology that lets users control their computers by speaking to it, or telling it what to write). Also, like with other programs, with this program one can make attractive documents, insert pictures in documents, make web pages, graphs etc.Also you can create tables. Also, it displays synonyms (similar words) of words and can read out the text. It also can print in different ways.

It can be bought at shops and normally comes with Microsoft Office, but can be bought separately.

History[change | edit source]

The program was first released in 1981. Many of the ideas and features in Microsoft Word came from Bravo, the first graphical writing program. Microsoft brought the Bravo program, and changed its name to Microsoft Word. When it first came out, it was not very popular, and did not sell as well as other writing programs like WordPerfect. Although it was not very popular when it came out, it had a feature called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), which meant that people can change the visual style of writing (e.g. bold, italics), by clicking on buttons, when in other programs like WordPerfect, people had to add special 'codes' to change the style of writing. WYSIWYG is now a common feature of all computer writing programs.

Versions[change | edit source]

There are versions for Microsoft Word for other operating systems as well as Microsoft Windows, but new versions support fewer operating systems, although they always support Windows.

For Microsoft Windows[change | edit source]

Note:' "Word for Windows" is the name of the of Microsoft Word made for Microsoft Windows.'

  • Word for Windows 1.0, for Windows 2.x came out in 1989.
  • Word for Windows 1.1, for Windows 3.0 came out in March, 1990.
  • Word for Windows 1.1a, for Windows 3.1 came out in June, 1990.
  • Word for Windows 2.0, came out in 1991.
  • Word for Windows 6.0, came out in 1993.
  • Word for Windows 95 (sometimes called Word 7), came out in 1995.
  • Word 97 (sometimes called Word 8), came out in 1997.
  • Word 2000 (sometimes called Word 9), came out in 1999.
  • Word 2002 (sometimes called Word 10 or Word XP), came out in 2001.

Popularity[change | edit source]

The program is very popular.

Although it is sold for money, some people download it illegally. This is against the copyright of Microsoft, and means that Microsoft does not make money from people who illegally download the program, but it made the program more popular than if only the people who could buy it used it.

Without configuration the program saved the document in a secret file format, so other programs could not open it. When the user sent his document to a friend, the friend needed a copy of Microsoft Word to read the document. Then that friend would probably also save documents in the same secret format of Word. This gave Microsoft Word a dominant position.

After many years, important parts of the format were guessed, and the format is less secret (though it is patented, and some people say the patents are still bad), but Microsoft Word is still popular, because many people do not know of other programs, or do not want to learn to use them. Some companies are depending on Microsoft Word to handle yet written documents. This induces costs in license renewal.

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