Summary: Many of the old word processing tricks I learned for Microsoft Word 2.0 back in the eighties still work today, a quarter century later. As long as there are mouse-oriented computers (instead of touch screens), Word shall be the word processor to select and free alternatives like Open Office Write will carry only a small cadre of users. My wife prefers Word and, frankly, I find that Write requires too much additional work to make it operate like Word.
Pros: I've been using Microsoft Word ever since version 2.0 for the Macintosh back in the late eighties. Back then, there was no Windows; the Mac was the sole personal publishing champion and Word was designed on the Mac because it was the only mouse-oriented computer available. I got good at building documents using Word v2.0. Corel's Word Perfect was the leading DOS-based word processor, having seized that crown from WordStar (the 8-bit system best seller for CP/M). Fast-...
Cons: Microsoft Word was not designed for touch screens, therefore it will suffer in future competition with a yet-to-be-found word processing successor designed for touch screens. I predict that Microsoft Word will yield its dominance to a successor ten years hence. I don't know what revolutionary word processor will be new document engine of a future filled with touch screens, but you should expect that Microsoft Word will not become obsolescent before then.
Excerpt: Didn't need or want the full Microsoft Office 2013 package. (Many unused features) But wanted the best general writing/publishing software that is generally accepted by most business firms. The Electronic Download version through B&H was the best value in the fastest mode of receiving the software and getting it up and running on my PC.
Excerpt: I needed a word processor but did not need all the extra stuff that comes with Office. This program is great and allowed me to view documents that I recovered from the backup from a locked computer. I also like the way it works compared to a "free" word processor I had downloaded. Thanks Office Depot for offering this more reasonable software.
Excerpt: I needed a simple office program for simple tasks like ltter writing, and making Christmas address labels for sending cards each year. I wanted something compatible with Windows 8 that didn't cost me a lot of money. This was it, and I didn't have to buy it yearly. What a great deal.
Excerpt: Recently purchased Microsoft word via office depot online and was very pleased with the service I received. everything went exactly as told it would with no snags. will definitely consider purchasing thru office depot.
Cons: I was a little annoyed that it required a Microsoft account to download the software. I was trying to get it set up for a friend and has to call and ask for their Microsoft account info just to get the software installed on their computer.