Microsoft Word is a commercial word processor which was designed by Microsoft. Microsoft Word was first launched in the year 1983 under the name called as Multi-Tool Word for the Xenix systems. After its success several other versions were relased for many platforms such as
the Apple Macintosh (1984), IBM PCs running DOS (1983), Atari ST (1986), the AT&T Unix PC (1985), SCO UNIX, Microsoft Windows (1989) and OS/2.
It is a part of the Microsoft Office system; Microsoft Word is also sold as the standalone product and incorporated in the Microsoft Works Suite. The present versions are MS Word 2010 for the Windows and MS Word 2011 for the Mac. Microsoft Word, popular word processing software, is part of a suite of application programs developed by Microsoft called MS Office. This software package works under windows environment i.e. Windows 98/2000/XP. Microsoft Word is a word processing software program which could be used in order to create several kinds of documents from memos and letters to lists and calendars. Documents can be saved, edited and created at the want of the user from the blank document or through one of the several Wizards incorporated with the Microsoft Word.
MS-Word has an edge over other word processing packages because of the following features: