Microsoft Word 5.x (DOS and OS/2)

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.

Word 5 for DOS defaults to text video mode operation. To use graphics mode, you must setup Word for your graphics card and then specify the desired video mode.

Word for DOS 5.x is a dual mode MS-DOS and OS/2 application. It supports operation under 16-bit OS/2 1.x console mode.

5.5 significantly changes the user interface. It adds Mac/Windows like pulldown menus and overlapping windows.

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Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Word 5.0 for DOS (1989) (5.25-360k) 5.0 for DOS English x86 5¼ Floppy 3.62MB
Microsoft Word 5.0 for DOS [Swedish] (5.25-360k) 5.0 for DOS Swedish x86 5¼ Floppy 1.5MB
Microsoft Word 5.0a for DOS (1989) (5.25-360k) 5.0a for DOS English x86 5¼ Floppy 1.8MB
Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS (5.25-360k) 5.5 for DOS English x86 5¼ Floppy 4.62MB
Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS [French] (3.5-720k) 5.5 for DOS French x86 3½ Floppy 3.64MB
Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS [German] (3.5-720k) 5.5 for DOS German x86 3½ Floppy 4.61MB
Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS [Italian] (3.5-720k) 5.5 for DOS Italian x86 3½ Floppy 3.14MB
Microsoft Word 5.5B for DOS (3.5-720k) (Incomplete) 5.5B for DOS English x86 3½ Floppy 2.5MB


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