Word is the recommended word processing application for both Windows and OS X. It can be used to create, save, retrieve, edit, and print files. Other features include style sheets, merging, tables, customizable toolbars, glossaries, and spell checkers.
Word 2010, Word 2011, Word 2013, and Word 2016 are on the supported products list for FY2017. FY2006 was the last year of University support for Word 2002, FY2008 was the last year of University support for Word v.X, FY2012 was the last year of University support for Word 2003 and Word 2004, FY2014 was the last year of University support for Word 2007, and FY2015 was the last year of University support for Word 2008.
Word is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount. Word may be purchased as part of Microsoft's Office suite of products, which bundles Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or it may be purchased separately.
Microsoft software is also available to University of Pennsylvania departments through the Microsoft Select Program, a volume license agreement. A detailed description of the Microsoft Program including product information and a FAQ has been prepared by the Office of Software Licensing. All purchases of Microsoft Select software are made through the Computer Connection.
Penn has worked with Microsoft to license Office 365 ProPlus (which includes Word) for use by its faculty, staff, and students at no charge. The Penn implementation of Office 365 ProPlus is known as PennO365. Visit the PennO365 page for more details.
Configuration instructions are included with the software.
ISC's Technology Training Services website provides details on preferred Penn pricing and scheduling for classes on this and other common desktop products.
Lynda.com training is available to all Penn faculty and staff with a valid PennKey. Basic and in-depth training is offered for Microsoft Word versions 2010 through 2016. For more information, see the lynda.com @ Penn page.
Microsoft's Word web page.
Note: the file format that is the default in Word 2007 and Word 2010 for Windows and Word 2008 and Word 2011 for Mac OS and requires a converter to be opened in any other version of Word.
Users of Word 2003 for Windows can install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to read Word 2007, Word 2008, and Word 2010 files in their default format. Users of Word 2004 for OS X can install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac to read Word 2007, Word 2008, and Word 2010 files in their default format.
Word 2007 also has a significantly revised interface, which features a "ribbon" design and will be a major change for many users who are familiar and comfortable with other versions of Word.
Word 2010 SP1 functions as expected in Windows 8.1 Update.
Microsoft released Word 2011, a successor to Word 2008, as part of the release of Office 2011 in October 2010.
OS X compatibility
Word 2011 SP3 functions correctly in OS X Yosemite.
Microsoft released Word 2013 as part of the Office 2013 suite, in January 2013.
Word 2013 SP1 functions as expected in Windows 10.