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Microsoft Word is a widely used commercial word processor designed by Microsoft. Microsoft Word is a component of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, but can also be purchased as a stand-alone product.
It was initially launched in 1983 and has since been revised numerous times. Microsoft Word is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
Microsoft Word is often called simply Word or MS Word.
In 1981, Microsoft hired Charles Simonyi to develop a word-processing application. The first version was released in 1983. It was not initially popular, owing to its radically different look compared to WordPerfect, the leading word processor at that time. However, Microsoft improved Word continually over the years, including a 1985 version that could run on a Mac. The second major release of Word, in 1987, included an upgrade of major features in addition to new functionalities such as support for the rich text format (RTF).
In 1995, with the release of Windows 95 and Office 95, which offered a bundled set of office productivity software, sales of Microsoft Word increased significantly.
Microsoft Word offers several features to ease document creation and editing, including:
The default file format was .doc prior to the Microsoft Word 2007 version; in 2007, .docx became the default file format.