Microsoft Word is a successful commercial word processor produced by Microsoft. Microsoft Word is included in the Microsoft Office productivity package, although it may also be purchased separately.
Microsoft Word started in 1983 and has been updated multiple times since then. It’s compatible with both Windows and Apple computers.
Microsoft Word is frequently abbreviated as “Word” or “MS Word.
“Charles Simonyi” was hired by Microsoft in 1981 to create a word processor. In 1983, the first edition of the game was launched.
Due to its significantly different appearance from WordPerfect, the leading word processor at the time, MS Word was initially not very popular. Microsoft, on the other hand, continued to develop Word over time, introducing a Mac-compatible version in 1985. Word’s second major version, in 1987, provided considerable feature upgrades as well as new capabilities such as support for rich text formats (RTF).With the advent of Windows 95 and Office 95, which offered an integrated package of office productivity software, Microsoft gained its market share in the word processor sector in 1995.
MS Word’s beneficial features include a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) display, which assures that everything presented on screen appears the same way when printed or transferred to another format or software. One of the reasons the program has been so successful over the last 20 years is the flexibility of users to copy and paste MS Word material across several other environments without major formatting loss. MS Word also has a built-in dictionary for spell checking; incorrect words are highlighted with a red straight underline. Text-level features such as bold, underline, italic, and strike-through are available in MS Word, as are page-level features such as indentation, paragraphing, and justification. Word is compatible with a variety of other softwares, the most common of which are those in the Office suite.
In 2007, the “.docx” extension replaced the “.doc” extension as the default file format. Microsoft operating systems evolved in lockstep with Microsoft Word. Because the Microsoft Office suite is intrinsically tied to the Microsoft operating system, it was a source of consumer dissatisfaction throughout the end-of-life for Microsoft XP and the subsequent Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10 updates. Microsoft, on the other hand, was jumping on the cloud bandwagon. Microsoft Office 365, the company’s latest product, replaces previous out-of-the-box or single-machine licenses with a cloud-delivered bundle of software programs that customers can access from anywhere.
Many users are now using Office 365 to access Microsoft Word and Office suites rather than purchasing them as downloads with license keys because of the monthly cost. Although some customers have reported difficulty getting new devices authorized, the cloud-delivered technique theoretically provides for more flexible use on various devices.
Another advantage of cloud-based software is that it does not require installation on the local hard drive, keeping the end device free of drivers and other software infrastructure. Microsoft has also launched additional complimentary cloud products for corporate users, including as OneNote, OneDrive, and SharePoint, as well as a mobile Office suite for Apple and Android.