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Office poll: What is your all-time favorite version of Word?

Take this week's Office poll and tell us which version of Word you like the best.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

26 comments
olki
olki

Never bothered with Windows Word. Used WordPerfect 5.1 as long as possible, now using OpenOffice.

toolmaker
toolmaker

Word for Office 97 is more stable when using templates than Word 2003. While 97 may not have all the bells and whistles, it does not reformat the entire document everytime you update/edit a paragraph elsewhere in the document. Don't even get me started on Office 2007!

twostep
twostep

As I recall there were no versions between 2 and 6.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

There needs to be another option like Other. There are still millions of people who don't use or have never used Word. It always was a second rate Word Processor. Col

gregzdnet
gregzdnet

I use 97, 2000, and 2003 the latter seems to be the most powerful and flexible without unnecessary confusion. I have not tried 2007 yet normally I like smaller, lighter, faster and uncluttered low resource programs. Being a construction worker that hates paperwork forced to spend all day long year after to do legal research I'm surprised I ventured further than spell check added to wordpad. I wound up using 2003 the most and it helps me make professional presentations for media, law enforcement, lawyers, blogging, etc. yet is very easy to use basic functions as well. I would however like save to PDF for legal work but it's not a huge deal. I tried Abiword, Jarte, Open Office, Word perfect there is no comparison for real world use which shocked me since I usually like to stick to basics and thought I didn't need many features.

dhays
dhays

Each new version takes away some of the functionality of the older version, especially in table formatting, I use what ever version I have on hand, here at the office it is W2003, at home it is W2003 or W2007, depending on which computer. W2007 is more complicated with their menu system, than before, so it it harder to get used to. For what I do at home, it makes no real difference. I could still be using a DOS version if it would run under XP.

mlagrange
mlagrange

Do this for Access! Never better since 97, when they got VBA and the Office Object Model integrated across the board. No more DDE. Since then, it has been nothing but bloat to try to make Access fake ASP. Then came the ridiculous 2007 Ribbon Bar...

simon
simon

Tend to agree with your comment re Access 97 - although there is the matter of various versions of Access with a bug losing the occasional record (which MS knew about and eventually admitted to)

pj
pj

Word 6, small footprint, fast, bug free all the tools the average user needs to prduce professional output.

LouCed
LouCed

I never cared for WordPerfect, started with WordStar, then AmiPro for windows. Hated the MS Word until the version in Office 2000.

kentg
kentg

It highligted to me how good WordPercect 5.1 was.

chris
chris

I don't particularly have a favourite, though I voted for 2003. I do, however, have one I hate with a passion - 2007.

jardinier
jardinier

The results of the poll were a dead giveaway to the age of the people who participated. One of the great regrets of my life is that I missed out on the DOS era altogether. I was however fortunate I suppose in that my first computer was a Kaypro 4 running CP/M, with twin floppy drive. BTW even from that program I learnt that keyboard shortcuts get you places faster than a mouse. :) I chose as my favourite version Word for Windows 2 because it was a comprehensive program which used only 15 MB of hard drive space.

Hoosier Girl
Hoosier Girl

Anybody can learn to use Word 2007. The picture icons are right in front of your face. Even the old-timers have learned to use and like it. We have people leaving here for other jobs and they hate going back to the prior toolbar versions.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

My first exposure to Word after being forced to convert from WordPerfect, the original perfect word processor.

ishull
ishull

I agree that WordPerfect was the original perfect word processor. WordPerfect seemed more intuitive when I learned it. Word is a big adjustment, but I've made the change out of necessity.

mangeloni
mangeloni

Have a soft spot for Word for DOS...its how I got started using computers at my job (while using C programming for university projects). Sometimes I long for the days when Function keys had a purpose and you had to try a bit harder to format text.

cdpitcock
cdpitcock

I resisted. I had a trial copy and thought it was unnecessarily different with its ribbons. Then I changed over. Everything is there that was before and I really like it now. It is easier to use and more organized. I just hate a new learning curve. Go figure. One person said it is an age thing, implying that older people like older versions. If that were true, I would be using granite stone and a chisel. It's not about age, it's more about being lazy for me.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

If you need to share Files with anyone. ;) Col

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

you need to get a life!

Zeppo9191
Zeppo9191

The same could be said about people who feel the need to make online rants such as the one above.

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

I have favorite books, albums, foods but not tools.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Without a favorite version of Word, I wouldn't have any money to enjoy it with. ;)