BNMC Blog

A Brief History of Microsoft Word

A Brief History of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular software titles in the world. It wasn’t always so. Despite competing with a myriad of separate word processors over literal decades, Word has sustained and is now more powerful than ever. Today, we’ll take you through the history of the world’s most recognizable word processor.

Initial Development

The very first edition of Microsoft Word was created by Charles Simonyi and Richard Brodie for Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating system. Also running on the Xenix OS, the first version of word was commissioned by Bill Gates and Paul Allen after using Xerox Bravo, a word processing software developed by Simonyi and Brodie was successful on MS-DOS previously.

While initially unpopular, Microsoft’s move into a dedicated graphic user interface (GUI) with 1985’s Microsoft Windows, changed Word’s fortunes. The first GUI-enabled Word platform was released in 1990. The software quickly made up ground on Corel’s WordPerfect, which was the most popular word processor for much of the late 1980s. Since Corel failed to produce a Windows-compatible version of WordPerfect, Word was able to corner Microsoft’s market pretty quickly. It also quickly became the second most utilized word processor on Macintosh OS (behind WordPerfect). The strategy of designing software for multiple platforms led to more people using Word than any other word processing program, and has served the company well for decades.

Microsoft Office

As Microsoft Word’s popularity grew, Microsoft realized that companies were now looking to buy software titles, so in 1990 they paired Word 1.1 word processor, the Microsoft Excel 2.0 spreadsheet program, and the Microsoft PowerPoint 2.0 presentation builder. At the time it was the most comprehensive enterprise productivity suite on the market for both PC and Mac.

Initially, one of its main competitors was called Microsoft Works. Works was also a productivity suite with a word processor, spreadsheet program, and presentation software, but it was marketed to individuals. The software wasn’t as comprehensive as the ones found in the Office suite. Works ran for 17 years, but it was finally discontinued in 2007 when Microsoft started offering the Office suite at a lower price point.

With Microsoft Office adding email capabilities in July of 1991, Microsoft Office became the go-to productivity suite for the business professional. Then came a new build of Windows, Windows 3.1, which was the industry-leading OS. By outpacing its competitors with their new operating system, cache of available applications, and reasonable price point, Microsoft entrenched themselves as one of the main business software companies in the world.

Word Innovation

As Microsoft continued to develop and release industry-leading software, Microsoft Word started to gain features. No longer was there interoperability between the Macintosh versions and the Windows versions of Word. When Windows 95 launched, so did Word 95. No longer available for Macintosh, Word 95 was the first Word product to be developed exclusively for Windows.

Word 97, introduced late in 1996, added Clippit (known as Clippy). Since there were so many options that a user could select within their Office suite, Clippy helped people navigate the new toolbars and user interface. Word was also part of the first Office suite that included product activation, which would become the standard way to license software for much of the next two decades.

Word 2000 added HTML tools and the very first Internet-based collaboration features. Since there was a great deal of trepidation that software would have problems working in 2000, Microsoft was quick to release major patches, a trend that continues today. Subsequent versions of the software have made collaboration a major point of emphasis.

Word In the Cloud

There was a new version of Word every three years. Many of these updates added new features, as well as user controls. In 2011 Microsoft decided that it was going to start providing access to their Office products, including Word, as a service. The platform, known as Office 365, was one of the very first major name applications to embrace the Software as a Service cloud model that almost every platform offers today.

Originally aimed at only corporate users, new versions of Microsoft Office 365 have expanded the catalog by creating specific packages to fit certain types of users’ needs. Today, the cloud-based product is used by over a billion people worldwide and Microsoft is one of the largest and most important software companies in the world; and Word is, by far, the most important word processor on the market today.

If your business would like to learn more about the latest version of Word, and the enhanced collaboration tools provided in the Office 365 productivity suite, call the experts at BNMC today at 978-482-2020.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, June 20 2019

Captcha Image

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Cloud Email Privacy Business Computing User Tips Hackers Network Security Google Malware Productivity Microsoft Business Computer Hosted Solutions Software Tech Term Ransomware Communication Internet Data Mobile Devices IT Services Efficiency Small Business Data Recovery Workplace Tips Backup IT Support Hardware Smartphone Cloud Computing Android Saving Money Innovation Business Continuity Managed IT Services Microsoft Office Information Mobile Device Users Browser Social Media Managed IT Services Windows 10 Data Management Windows Data Backup Internet of Things Cybersecurity Gmail Phishing Windows 10 App Office 365 Business Management Passwords Word Upgrade Outsourced IT Productivity Vulnerability Server Facebook Artificial Intelligence Network Disaster Recovery Encryption Smartphones Remote Monitoring communications Chrome Save Money IT Support Virtual Reality Applications Money Infrastructure Website Tip of the week BYOD Miscellaneous VoIP Analytics Managed Service Gadgets Managed Service Provider Employer-Employee Relationship IT Management Robot Hacker Data storage Paperless Office Automation YouTube Risk Management Router Unified Threat Management Office Tips Government Google Drive Company Culture Bandwidth Maintenance Antivirus Content Filtering Big Data Apps Display Employee-Employer Relationship Education Apple Settings Access Control VPN Data Security Chromebook Business Technology Hard Disk Drive Server Management HIPAA Touchscreen Virtual Private Network Quick Tips Mobile Security End of Support Tablet Outlook Spam Computing Bring Your Own Device Operating System WiFi Data loss Business Intelligence SaaS LiFi Telephone Systems desktop Two-factor Authentication Hosted Solution Laptop Holiday Avoiding Downtime Administration Computers Virtualization Scam Mouse The Internet of Things Firewall Augmented Reality Retail Alert Document Management Managing Stress Networking Downtime Development Storage Solid State Drive Wireless Vendor Management Printing Monitors Fraud Cost Management PowerPoint Password Training Corporate Profile Identity Cyber Monday Continuity Laptops Legal Screen Reader Charging Data Breach Windows 8 G Suite Legislation Smart Office Mobility Unified Communications Drones Social Engineering Automobile Halloween Websites Dell Licensing SharePoint Dongle Co-Managed IT Microsoft Excel Wires Cabling Techology Assessment Onboarding Mobile Device Management WannaCry Managed IT Smart Technology Solar Software as a Service Deep Learning How To Lenovo Smart Tech Slack Hard Disk Drives Statistics Work Print Toner Safety Google Maps Messaging Alt Codes Scary Stories Cooperation Downloads Service Level Agreement Content Remote Computing Mail Merge Blockchain Voice over Internet Protocol Running Cable VoIP Hotspot Unified Threat Management Internet Exlporer Digital Signage Network Congestion Shortcut Compliance Distributed Denial of Service Entertainment Firefox Superfish Connectivity Monitoring Solid State Drives Social Buisness Bluetooth IT Technicians Comparison Optimization Shortcuts Budget Employee-Employer Relationships Typing Humor Wi-Fi Sports Staff Leominster Streaming Information Technology Writing Virtual Desktop Digital Payment Address Modem Permissions FinTech Best Practice Disaster Language User Error Value Troubleshooting Current Events Digital Patch Management Regulations Managed IT Service iOS Customer Relationship Management IoT Spying National Security Dark Data Update Mirgation Specifications Recycling Security Cameras Collaboration MSP Analysis Students Cryptocurrency Heating/Cooling Multi-Factor Security K-12 Schools Human Error Cookies Google Docs Politics Uninterrupted Power Supply Time Management Computing Infrastructure Printer Professional Services IT solutions Going Green Spyware Social Networking Break Fix Scalability File Sharing Star Wars Hacks Customer Service Computer Care IBM Search Chatbots Black Friday eWaste Managed Services Cybercrime Emergency Nanotechnology Mixed Reality Bitcoin Marketing Private Cloud Servers Wearable Technology Google Calendar Network upgrade Device Google Wallet Office Samsung Business Growth Tech Support Network Management Alerts USB LED Identity Theft Motherboard Dark Web Cables Migration Law Enforcement Travel Electronic Medical Records Notifications Physical Security Twitter Supercomputer CrashOverride BDR Windows 7 Upgrades Gadget Motion Sickness Emoji Staffing Regulation Taxes Crowdsourcing Administrator Personal Information Botnet Web Server what was your? IT Budget 3D Printing Mobile Computing Cortana GPS IT Consultant Machine Learning Cameras Processors Unsupported Software Meetings Tracking Cleaning Computer Repair Relocation CCTV Mobile Data Webcam Printers Updates Recovery How To Work/Life Balance Health Error Point of Sale Ben McDonald shares Black Market

What Our Clients Say

  • BNMC has provided us with nothing less than outstanding service and results for all of our IT needs for the past few years. Every member of their staff is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and eager to solve any problem...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3