Microsoft Word 1.x (OS/2)

The Microsoft Word word processor was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1983. Its design made use of a mouse and WYSIWYG graphics. Its crude WYSIWYG/mouse support was a direct response to the Apple Lisa/Mac, and VisiCorp Visi On. Initially it competed against many popular word processors such as WordStar, Multimate, and WordPerfect. Word for DOS was never really successful.

The Mac version was introduced in 1985 where it acquired a friendlier user interface and gained some popularity. A Microsoft Windows version was introduced in 1989, although Palantir WinText, NBI Legend, and Samna AMI/AMI Pro had beaten them to their own Windows platform. For a time Word for Windows competed with WordPerfect for Windows. There were also ports to OS/2, the Atari ST, and Unix.

The DOS, Mac, and Windows versions are quite different from each other, and each restarted their version numbering at "1.0". Later versions are bundled with Microsoft Office. Also see a complete list of word processors archived on Winworld.

Microsoft Word 1.1 for OS/2 is a port of the Windows version to 16-bit Presentation Manager OS/2. After several 1.x revisions, Microsoft dropped development for OS/2.

The earlier Word for DOS 5.x also contains native support for 16-bit OS/2 but operates in console mode only.

Installation instructions

Requires OS/2 1.2 or higher.

Wanted: Reportedly there was also a Microsoft Word 1.2 for OS/2. (Apparently there was no "1.0" for OS/2)

Product type
Application Word Processor
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1990
Minimum CPU
286
Minimum RAM
3MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
OS2

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Word 1.1 for OS/2 (3.5-1.44mb) 1.1 for OS/2 English x86 3½ Floppy 3.37MB
Microsoft Word 1.1b for OS2 (3.5-1.44mb) 1.1b for OS2 English x86 3½ Floppy 3.3MB
Microsoft Word 1.1b for OS2 (5.25-1.2mb) 1.1b for OS2 English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.35MB

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