Microsoft Word 2.x (DOS)

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

Word 2.0 for DOS adds support for IBM EGA, support for additional printers, enhanced for DOS 2.0, and includes Microsoft Spell 2.0. It was criticized for having slower file access than its competitors.

Requires: 256KB RAM, DOS 2.0 or later, two double-sided floppy disk drives or a hard drive.

Important: This software contains copy protection. No unprotect is provided or known to exist.

When installed to a hard drive, it does not check for the floppy. Therefore, it may be easier to copy the files in HDFiles to a C:\ on an emulated image or hard drive.

This archive includes images in CopyIIPC+Snatchit and Transcopy format.

Wanted: Manual scan.

Product type
Application Word Processor
Release date
Minimum CPU
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Download count
80 (1 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Word 2.00 for DOS (5.25-360k) 2.00 for DOS English 2.92MB 1
Microsoft Word 2.00 for DOS (Kryoflux) (5.25-360k) 2.00 for DOS English 32.22MB 0
Microsoft Word 2.00 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] [German] (5.25-DSQD) 2.00 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] German 324.54KB 0
Microsoft Word 2.0N for Networks (1985) (5.25-1.2mb) 2.0N for DOS English 1.78MB 0


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