Microsoft Word 4.0
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The Microsoft Word word processor was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1983. Its design made use of a mouse and What You See Is What You Get 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. The DOS, Mac, and Windows versions are quite different from each other, and each restarted their version numbering at "1.0".
Word 4.0 came out on November 6, 1990, and added automatic linking with Excel, the ability to flow text around graphics and a WYSIWYG page view editing mode. In more detail, the new look for 4.0 was: Convenient Menu Arrangement; Tailor Menus and make own keyboard shortcuts; control without clutter; double click hot spots for options; advanced formatting; more sophisticated layouts; new ways to work with and link to other programs.
Includes SuperPaint version 1.1 by Silicon Beach Software; AutoMac III macro package; WordFinder electronic thesaurus
Platform: Apple Macintosh 512K Enhanced, Plus, SE, II 2x 800K Disk 3.5 or 1x 800K Disk 3.5 and Hard Disk
System Finder 5.3 or higher System file 3.2 or higher
Application Software (AS:) Wordprocessing
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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH18988. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
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