Microsoft Word 6.x

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.


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Release notes

To bring version numbers in line across platforms, Microsoft bumped Word for Windows from version 2 to 6. Word 6 for Windows now requires Windows 3.1, with a version for NT. Word 6 for Mac requires at least a 68020 Mac or PPC CPU. Word 6 for DOS adds dropdown menus and TrueType font support. 6 is the last version for DOS.

By this time with all the other WYSIWYG editors and desktop publishers, Word 6 for DOS was an odd holdout. It maintained the same text mode fallback and minimal graphical formatting as the origional 1983 version.

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Product type
Application Word Processor
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1993
Minimum CPU
8088(DOS) 286(Win) 68020 or PPC(Mac)
User interface
GUI
Platform
DOS Windows MacOS
Download count
70 (11 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Word 6.0 for DOS (3.5-720k) (5.25-1.2mb) 6.0 for DOS English 5.52MB 2
Microsoft Word 6.0 for DOS [European-Portuguese] (5.25-1.2mb) 6.0 for DOS European Portuguese 4.91MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for DOS [Spanish] (5.25-1.2mb) 6.0 for DOS Spanish 5.66MB 1
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Danish] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Danish 13.16MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Dutch] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Dutch 13.4MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [French-Canadian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh French-Canadian 18.27MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [French] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh French 18.21MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [German] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh German 20.8MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Intl English] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Intl English 17.64MB 2
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Italian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Italian 18.05MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Japanese] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Japanese 18.53MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh [Swedish] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Macintosh Swedish 14.44MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows English 13.07MB 2
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows (Upgrade) (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows Upgrade English 13.81MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows NT (3.5-DMF) 6.0 for Windows NT English 11.15MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows NT [French] (3.5-DMF) 6.0 for Windows NT French 11.19MB 1
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows [Dutch] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows Dutch 13.72MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows [Italian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows Italian 13.7MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows [Russian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows Russian 15.04MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows [Spanish] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0 for Windows Spanish 14.46MB 1
Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows [Spanish] (5.25-1.2mb) 6.0 for Windows Spanish 14.46MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0.1 for Mac (3.5) 6.0.1 for Mac English 17.96MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0.1 for Mac [Australian] (3.5) 6.0.1 for Mac Australian 18MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Macintosh [Norwegian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Macintosh Norwegian 13.49MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows English 13.09MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Czech] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Czech 14.06MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [French] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows French 14.51MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [German] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows German 15.97MB 1
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Hungarian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Hungarian 13.21MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Polish] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Polish 13.65MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Portuguese European] (5.25-1.2mb) 6.0a for Windows Portuguese European 14.37MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Portuguese] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Portuguese 14.19MB 1
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Slovenian] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Slovenian 12.89MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0a for Windows [Turkish] (3.5-1.44mb) 6.0a for Windows Turkish 13.39MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0c for Windows (3.5-DMF) 6.0c for Windows English 11.54MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.0c for Windows [Dutch] (3.5-DMF).7z 6.0c for Windows Dutch 12.31MB 0
Microsoft Word 6.1 for Windows (3.5-1.44mb) 6.1 for Windows English 13.08MB 0
Microsoft Word Complete Speller 6.0 for Mac (3.5) Complete Speller 6.0 for Mac English 822.09KB 0
Microsoft Word Converter Kit for ODA 2.0 for Mac (3.5) Converter Kit for ODA 2.0 for Mac English 417.69KB 0
Microsoft Word Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac (3.5) Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac English 1.89MB 0
Microsoft Word Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac [Australian] (3.5) Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac Australian 1.73MB 0
Microsoft Word Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac [German] (3.5) Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac German 1.4MB 0
Microsoft Word Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac [Intl. English] (3.5) Proofing Tools 6.0 for Mac Intl. English 1.63MB 0

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