17 – Word

Microsoft Office Online


A word processing programme and part of the Microsoft Office suite. Available to download or online as part of Office365

Website Cost Availability
www.microsoft.com/word Commercial – free trial Download
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 

“At work and home, it’s still the main tool I use for documents. at work it is for creating docs like design specifications, RFQ specs, storyboards, scripts; at home for drafting blogposts, academic work (literature reviews, proposal outlines, notes…I’m doing a research masters)” Tanya Lau, 2014

“This could actually be any of three word processing tools – I use NoteTab for quick notes, and Padre for programming. But this year has been a year of documents, and that means Word.” Stephen Downes, 2014

“I write most of my articles and books in Word.  The outline feature is critical for me (and the main reason I haven’t switched to Pages, it’s just not industrial strength) in structuring my thoughts, and writing is one of the ways I think out loud.” Clark Quinn, 2014

“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 favourite editor (from letter to book)”  Urs Frei 2013
“writing to understand:  Clark Quinn 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“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