17 – Word

Microsoft Office Online

A word processing programme and part of the Microsoft Office suite.

Word has jumped back up the list again; that shows that often creating quick and simple documents is sometimes all that is needed

Website Cost Availability
www.microsoft.com/word Commercial – free trial Download
RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
17 19 42 60 36= 22 10

Comments from some of those that selected Word as one of their Top Tools 

grammar check. When writing scripts or anything for elearning ALWAYS do a Word grammar check to eliminate passive voice. Tricia Ransom, 2014
Track Changes – for grading  Cameron Bentley 2013
We program it with macros for writing job aids. Very functional.  Jeff Nelson 2013
Word – in class, I type up useful vocabulary on Word projected onto the screen – this is easier than using a whiteboard and the information can be saved for later use  Jayne Whistance 2013
Still my favourit editor (from letter to book)  Urs Frei 2013
writing to understand  Clark Quinn 2013

  • “Microsoft Office is still a staple in my work. I use Word and PowerPoint often and Excel and Outlook less so. I have a ton of documents and spreadsheets ‘in the cloud’ but still find my desktop a better place for non-collaborate writing projects that are still works-in-progress”. Janet Clarey
  • “outlining and writing. I write by outlines, and I’ve used Word since I bought a Mac II to write my PhD thesis on (now, if Pages had outlining…)”  Clark Quinn
  • “I spend much of my time working in Word. The tracked changes and compare functionality took a little while to work out but I now find it indispensable. Storyboards and design documents always go through many revisions and Word helps me keep track of them all.”  Rob Hubbard
  • “Although, I use GoogleDocs more frequently, I still prefer to do most of my writing using Microsoft Word. However, you never know in the future, as these online processors continue to evolve and the Internet becomes easier to access.”  Zaid Algasof
  • “Depending on the project requirement, I use either Microsoft Word or Powerpoint for developing the storyboards for e-learning courses. I am impressed with the look and feel of Microsoft Office 2007.” Sathish Narayanan
  • “I can’t imagine my work without Word, Excel and PowerPoint”  Jorge Goncalves