Microsoft Word 1.x (Windows)

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.



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Release notes

In 1989, after several other word processors were already available for Windows, Microsoft released the first version of Word for Windows.

Visually, Word for Windows has little in common with the DOS versions, more closely resembling the Mac version, and restarts the version numbering at "1.0".

The source code to Microsoft Word 1.1a has been made available via the Computer History Museum

Installation instructions

This version is designed to run under Microsoft Windows 2. Word for Windows 1.1 adds extra support specifically for Windows 3.0.

Wanted: Manual scan.

Product type
Application Word Processor
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1989
Minimum CPU
80286
Minimum RAM
1MB
Minimum free disk space
4MB
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
88 (17 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows (3.5-720k) 1.0 for Windows English 2.34MB 9
Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows (5.25-1.2mb) 1.0 for Windows English 2.97MB 1
Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows Working Model (3.5-720k) 1.0 for Windows Working Model English 1.21MB 0
Microsoft Word 1.0 for Windows [Swedish] (5.25-1.2mb) 1.0 for Windows Swedish 3.1MB 0
Microsoft Word 1.1 for Windows (3.5-720k) 1.1 for Windows English 5.79MB 1
Microsoft Word 1.1 for Windows (5.25-1.2mb) 1.1 for Windows English 3.66MB 1
Microsoft Word 1.1a for Windows (3.5-1.44mb) 1.1a for Windows English 3.82MB 2
Microsoft Word 1.1a for Windows (5.25-1.2mb) 1.1a for Windows English 4.22MB 3
Microsoft Word 1.1a for Windows [British English] (5.25-1.2mb) 1.1a for Windows British English 3.43MB 0

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