We mentioned it in passing in last month’s newsletter, but Microsoft Word – the word processor that is ubiquitous to offices everywhere – turned 40 years old recently. Microsoft published a timeline of Word’s innovations recently to show how far the program has come.
While the folks at Office Watch understandably call it a bit of revisionist history, the product still has come quite a long ways since version 1.0 40 years ago. I remember using it back on Windows 3.0 and thinking it was the greatest thing ever (having used non-WYSIWYG word processors before). It’s come a long way, and while there is always room for improvement and missteps along the way, I think we can all agree that it’s a pretty awesome product that can do some cool things.