Microsoft Word 4.0 (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.

Microsoft Word 4.0 for DOS adds support for IBM VGA, and offers a configuration option for text or graphics video modes during setup.

Word 4.0 for DOS relied on Microsoft Pageview (a Windows 2.x application) for preview and graphical manipulation. Word 5.0 for DOS added a built-in preview.

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Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Word 4.0 for DOS (3.5-720k) 4.0 for DOS English x86 3½ Floppy 1.31MB
Microsoft Word 4.0 for DOS (5.25-360k) 4.0 for DOS English x86 5¼ Floppy 909.72KB
Microsoft Word 4.0 for DOS [Swedish] (5.25-360k) 4.0 for DOS Swedish x86 5¼ Floppy 791.91KB


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