Microsoft Word

Supported Product

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 is commercial software that can be purchased from the Computer Connection at an educational discount.

Microsoft software is now 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.

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.


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.

Related resources

Microsoft's Word for Windows web site.

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 2002 for Windows was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2007 and Word v.X for OS X was removed from the supported products list in Fiscal 2009. ISC removed Word 2003 from the supported list in Fiscal 2012 and removed Word 2004 in Fiscal 2012.

Windows compatibility

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.

Windows compatibility

Word 2013 SP1 functions as expected in Windows 10.

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Date Posted: March 20, 2013 Tags: Provider Resource, Supported Product, Microsoft Office

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