Microsoft Word


Microsoft Word is currently the most used word processor. It’s designed by Microsoft and it first appeared in 1983, under the name "Multi-Tool Word".

There are versions compatible with various platforms, such as: IBM PC with DOS, Apple Mac OS, AT&T Unix PC, Atari ST and Microsoft Windows.

Advantages

  • It has many great features, such as: grammar checking, conditional formatting, drawing tools etc.
  • The UI is very user friendly
  • Users benefit from high-quality support from Microsoft
  • There are many available options to customize, both the interface and the text

Disadvantages

  • In certain cases, auto-formatting can be difficult to set up to in order to meet the desired requirements
  • It is expensive, especially if you only need simple typing
  • Sometimes there are incompatibilities between different versions of Word
  • The documents created are larger than necessary
  • The grammar check is not always so good

Components

  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Title Bar
  • Ribbon and tools (Clip Art, Shape Drawing Tool, Charts, Formatting Tool)
  • Text Area
  • Status Bar
  • Document Viewer

Versions

  • 1989 Word for Windows 1.0
  • 1990 Word for Windows 1.1
  • 1990 Word for Windows 1.1a
  • 1991 Word for Windows 2.0
  • 1993 Word for Windows 6.0
  • 1995 Word 95
  • 1997 Word 97
  • 1998 Word 98
  • 1999 Word 2000
  • 2001 Word 2002
  • 2003 Office Word 2003
  • 2006 Office Word 2007
  • 2010 Word 2010
  • 2013 Word 2013