Microsoft Word 3.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.

Version 3.0 for Macintosh adds a built in spell checker, outliner, style sheets, page preview, hyphenation, and sorting. It was considered the most advanced word processor on the Macintosh at the time. The initial release had some bugs that were addressed in the 3.01 and 3.02 updates.

There was no Microsoft Word 2.x for Macintosh, the version was skipped to synchronize with the DOS version.

Wanted: Microsoft Word 3.01 for Macintosh, Microsoft Word 3.02 for Macintosh.

Installation instructions

Not copy protected. Requires Mac 512k or higher. Comes on two 800k disks. Was also available on 400k disks.

Product type
Application Word Processor
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1987
Minimum CPU
m68k
User interface
GUI
Platform
MacOS

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Word 3.0 for Macintosh Manual 3.0 for Macintosh English m68k Archive 83.75MB
Microsoft Word 3.00 for Macintosh (3.5-800k) 3.00 for Macintosh English m68k 3½ Floppy 1.07MB
Microsoft Word 3.01 for Macintosh (3.5-800k) 3.01 for Macintosh English m68k 3½ Floppy 533.94KB

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