Running head: MICROSOFT WORD
Suite of products developed by Microsoft Corporation that includes Microsoft Word,
Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Each program serves a different purpose and
is compatible with other programs included in the package. The suite of programs is compatible
with both the Windows and Macintosh operating system. Microsoft Office is the most common
form of software used in the western world.
Word processor, or word processing program, does exactly what the name implies. It
processes words. It also processes paragraphs, pages, and entire papers. Some examples of word
processing programs include Microsoft Word, WordPerfect (Windows only), AppleWorks (Mac
only), and OpenOffice.org.
The first word processors were basically computerized typewriters, which did little more
than place characters on a screen, which could then be printed by a printer. Modern word
processing programs, however, include features to customize the style of the text, change the
page formatting, and may be able to add headers, footers, and page numbers to each page. Some
may also include a "Word Count" option, which counts the words and characters within a
Word processing involves the use of a computer to create, edit and print text (words,
sentences, paragraphs). Letters, reports, outlines, and research papers are examples of documents
created with a word processor.