Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Office Word

Microsoft Office word is the most used and most sought documenting tool all over the world. It is a non-free commercial word processor that was first released in 1983 under the name Multi-tool word for xenix systems and subsequently released for other platforms that include IBM PCs that are running DOS, Macintosh  Apple, the AT &T Unix PC and finally for Microsoft windows in 1989. 

Microsoft Office Word Formats:


In the year 2000 , '.doc'  has become the default standard of document file formats for Microsoft Office Users. Though usually just referred to as "Word Document Format", this term refers primarily to the range of formats used by default in Word version 97-2003. Extension '.doc' has been used in many different versions of word, however it actually encompasses four distinct file formats:
  1. Word for DOS
  2. Word for Windows 1 and 2; Word 4 and 5 for Mac
  3. Word 6 and Word 95 for Windows; Word 6 for Mac
  4. Word 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for Windows; Word 98, 2001, X, and 2004 for Mac

 The newer ".docx" extension signifies the Office Open XML international standard for Office documents and is used by Word 2007 for Windows, Word 2008 for the Macintosh, Office word 2010, and for Open office Org writer. 

Availability and Downloading:

It is available with 
  • Office package
  • As an individual program to purchase and install priced at
  • Microsoft works. 
Installing using custom installation is one of the best ways to install Word processor that will optimize memory usage and the processor performance as well.

Versions that are very widely used now-a-days include Office word 2003, 2007 and 2010 that has extensions of '.doc', '.docx' and '.docx' respectively.

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