Microsoft Word Turns 25


If you’ve been using Microsoft Word for the past quarter of a century, it can seem like Word has always been the top dog of the word-processing world–and for years, it’s been incorporated into Microsoft’s Office suite. Today, Microsoft’s domination is so complete that, from the public’s point of view, there is almost no “word-processor market.” (Does anyone remember Lotus Manuscript?)

In fact, Microsoft’s word processing program got off to a shaky and awkward start in October 1983, and it didn’t become all-consuming until at least five years later.

Note: The article also includes some nice screenshots and other pictures as well.

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