Microsoft Word 1.x (Mac)

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.


Release notes

Microsoft Word 1.x for Macintosh was a vastly different product from Microsoft Word for DOS. It used Apple's windowing GUI with drop down menus, and rendered both graphics and multiple fonts directly on the screen similar to how they would appear on a printer.

The IBM PC would not get a version of Microsoft Word with a similar GUI until years later.

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Product type
Application Word Processor
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
89 (0 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Word 1.00 for Macintosh (1985) Manual 1.00 for Macintosh English 59.74MB 0
Microsoft Word 1.00 for Macintosh (3.5-400k) 1.00 for Macintosh English 298.23KB 0
Microsoft Word 1.05 for Macintosh (3.5-800k) 1.05 for Macintosh English 344.23KB 0


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