Microsoft Word ranks among the most popular pieces of word processing software of all time. It allows users to write, edit and format text, as well as add pictures and video to documents. Creator Microsoft often bundles Word in purchases of its OS like Windows XP, Vista or 7, and Word's features are designed to integrate with other Windows products like its OS. Microsoft Word is available as a free trial that can be downloaded from the Internet, or for purchase online and in stores. However, users must meet some basic computer system requirements to get Word.
Before you set out to get Microsoft Word, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run the program. You'll need a 500 megahertz (MHz) computer processor with 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher. You'll also need 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of disk space on your hard drive and CD-ROM or DVD drive to install from a disk. You'll need an Internet connection to install via Internet download. You'll also need a monitor with 1024-by-768 resolution or higher, as well as the Microsoft Windows XP operating system or later versions Windows Vista or Windows 7.
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You can get a free trial of Microsoft Word for your computer for 60 days by going to the Microsoft Office page and clicking on the free trial link. You'll need to create a Windows ID to get the free trial and then download and install a large file on your computer. The download could take quite a long time without high-speed Internet access like cable or DSL.
Most often people get Microsoft Word bundled in a suite of software called Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is available for purchase at Microsoft's website for $229 as of 2009. You can also purchase Office at your local software retailer like Best Buy. Purchasing a physical copy of Office requires a CD-ROM or DVD drive to install. Insert the installation CD into the drive and follow the prompts.
Microsoft Office and MS Word often come bundled with new computers at a significantly lower cost than purchasing the software separately. Check with your local retailer or e-tailer for Office bundles. Also, MS Word will often come pre-installed on people's computers, and they don't even know it. Check out Microsoft.com to see if you already have MS Word on your computer, and you just need to unlock it.