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What Is Microsoft Word?

You may be wondering: what type of program is Microsoft Word? A good definition is that it’s a word processor. That’s an application you use to “process”— format, manipulate, save, print, share — a text-based document. 

Microsoft Word is arguably the most popular word processor on the planet. That’s because it’s part of Microsoft’s Office Suite, which is installed in 1 Billion devices in the world (according to groovyPost). 

When Word 1.0 for Windows was released in 1989, it was one of the first word processors that offered a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface. 

This combination of ease of use and robust features makes it the go-to word processor in both homes and offices today. It’s now also available for the Mac operating system as well as a web-based version through an Office 365 subscription.

Versions of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is 27 years old. According to Wikipedia, microsoft word was released upon an unsuspecting public on 25 October 1983.

It’s now up to version 14. Not that there have been 14 versions. There were early numbering inconsistencies (versions 1, 2 and then 6 in the 1980s and 1990s). More recently, it seems that Microsoft is a superstitious place: it skipped from 12 (Word 2007) to 14 (Word 2010).

Word versions come in pairs.

  • Word 2003 fixed many of those problems and again became a much-used, reliable version.
  • Word 2007 gave us the biggest change in the user interface since the invention of the toolbar and the mouse. It’s a big jump from Word 2003.
  • Word 2010 builds on Word 2007, fixes a lot of bugs, and introduces a few new features.Word 2010 makes lots of tiny refinements to the user interface. For my money, it’s a generally more pleasant experience than Word 2007.If you’re using Word 2007 and you can move to Word 2010, my general advice is: do.

Word 2010

Word 2010: The milder, slightly better-behaved younger sister of Word 2007. Still can’t find anything. Just have to put up with it. But it is better than 2007. Really.

Word 2007

Word 2007: The new kid on the block. Makes me feel disorganized. Can’t find anything. Glamour does not outweigh substance. Word 2007 and I were never going to be friends.

Word 2003

Word 2003: Many people think this will turn out to have been the last really good version of Word. There was a massive two-year public beta test (known as Word 2002), and Word 2003 was really solid. It’s still the version I turn to when I have a choice

MS word 2013,2016 and 2019 are the most current with modern features that sooths the 21st century office needs and demands.


Microsoft Word is one of the most popular software programs in the world, used by millions of office workers, students and home users to create, read and edit documents. Many people don’t use all the features of MS Word because not all of them are necessary for every user. It can be useful to familiarize yourself with the basic features and characteristics of MS Word, even if you don’t need them all immediately, in case they ever come in handy.

Key Features of MS Word

Key features of the program include the ability to enter and format text, the ability to save and print documents, compatibility with older versions of Word and other software, support for cloud or local use and collaboration features.


Newer versions of Word contain features that aren’t present in older versions, so if there’s a feature you want that’s not available in the version you’re using, you may want to upgrade your Word software if your computer supports it.

Working With Text and Styles

Microsoft Word is a word processor, which means that it’s designed primarily for text-based documents. These can be business reports, student papers, informal notes from a call or a lecture, or letters to friends and relatives.

In Word, you type text and see roughly how it will appear on someone else’s computer screen or on paper. You can change the font, color, size and other style settings for text using Word’s built-in options. To style multiple sections of text the same way, such as to consistently style headings in a certain way, you can create styles that group multiple formatting options into one setting.

Saving and Printing

After you create a document in Word, you usually want to save it for later access, send to someone, print it out, or any combination of these uses.

With Word, you can save a document in a variety of formats for compatibility with other software. You can save the document locally on your computer or, if you’re using a recent version, to a Microsoft-supported cloud system so you and others can access it remotely.

You can also print documents using most modern printers, adjusting settings such as whether to print in color or black and white, whether to print on both sides of the paper and what size and shape of paper you want to use.

Word and Compatibility

Microsoft Word has been designed for years to maximize compatibility between versions. Typically, versions of Microsoft Word can open files created in previous versions of the software and save files in formats usable by earlier versions. You can also save files in formats such as Rich Text Format, which is used by a variety of competing products.

Many other word processing programs can open files created in Microsoft Word. If you take advantage of newer features in a document, you may not be able to fully rely on them when you open the document in another program, including an earlier version of Word.

Cloud and Local Support

Microsoft Word offers a local version of the software that you can access on your computer and a version you can access through your web browser. In the past, Word was only available as a program you install locally on your computer.

With either version of Word in Office 365 or Microsoft Office 2016, you can save files locally or to a Microsoft-hosted cloud system where they can be accessed from any location.

Built-in Collaboration

Modern versions of Microsoft Word allow multiple people to edit the same document. This is an improvement on previous editions and some competing products, which require people to edit documents one at a time and email or otherwise share changed versions for review and further editing. In older versions of Word, collaboration tools are limited.

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