So, you thought ms word 2000 is outdated? Think again! Well, the software has been in the market for 10 years now but still is widely used for most word processing tasks. Now this is quite hard to believe, taking into account that there have been several more versions that have improved word processing tremendously. However you will be amazed to know that support.microsoft.com, Microsoft’s online support website still receives queries and posts on ms word 2000. So let’s try to find out what keeps this software in the market.
Ms Word 2000 was developed by a team of Microsoft programmers and comes with the Microsoft office suites together with excel, power point, publisher among others. It can also be available as standalone software but its license is proprietary which means that Microsoft reserves exclusive rights to the source code.
One reason why Word stands out to be popular today is that its release marked a great leap from its predecessor, Microsoft word 97 since it was Y2K compliant and offered support for 32-bit windows 2000.It also came in different suites; standard, business, professional and developer suites. It came with OLE2 capacity which means data can be moved across different programs. All previous versions of word required product activation where users had to go online to access its full functionality. For Word 2000 lovers this came as a relief and even after installing the likes of Word 2003 or 2007 they still use their favorite word processor down to today.
Here is a question for you; when was Word 2000 released? You’re probably smiling in your heart that it was 2000, right? You’re wrong! The initial market release happened in 1999 somewhere in June. Its stable version was released in 2002. So what does the date have to do with the popularity of Ms Word 2000? Its release coincided with the launch of the stable and also widely popular windows XP. Users who stuck to windows XP were also content with the new word processor then.
The popularity of this word processor lies in the simplicity of its user interface. Accessing different tools from the menu is easier since the user is not provided with many unnecessary features unlike the modern versions, word 2007 and word 2010. Drawing graphs is done in very small steps and the software can still perform basic desktop publishing tasks.
Did you know that the software can run in Linux? Surprised? Don’t be. First, install Crossover into Linux, then install Ms Word 2000 in the same way you do in Windows. Crossover is open source software that can be used to provide a virtual platform for running some executables in a UNIX platform.
This word processor is still downloadable from Brothersoft, a software website, so if you feel like bringing back the ‘old school’ feel on your computer why not try out the simple word processor, the Ms Word 2000!