Originally posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chuq Von Rospach; Lord of the OtherRealms)
Posted: Mon Nov 10 00:40:59 1986
Date-Received: Mon, 10-Nov-86 21:19:58 EST
Organization: Fictional Reality, uLtd
Thought this might be of interest to people. Here is the press release for
Word 3.0, which I got from the MSOFT SIG on CompuServe. Enjoy.
MAC300.TXT 03-Nov-86 7440 28
Keywords: MACINTOSH WORD 3.00 ANNOUNCEMENT PRESS RELEASE
This is the long-awaited press release announcing Microsoft Word 3.00 for
the Apple Macintosh. One feature this press release doesn't mention is
that you now have an option to keep any combination of the program and/or
the document in memory. More info will be available soon.
(R D M) !r
- MICROSOFT WORD VERSION 3.00 FOR THE APPLE MACINTOSH -
NEW YORK, NY -- October 27, 1986 -- Microsoft Corporation today
announced Microsoft Word Version 3.0 for Apple Macintosh systems, with
revolutionary new features that make it the best document processor or
any personal computer. Microsoft Word advances word processing on the
Macintosh in the way Microsoft Excel advanced financial analysis a year
Microsoft Word for the Macintosh is extremely fast. In addition,
features unique to Microsoft Word for the Macintosh include flexible
menus, Quick-Switch, Page Preview, and the ability to place graphics
and text side by side. According to Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates,
"Microsoft Word for the Macintosh has lightening speed. I think this
is the fastest word processor ever on a personal computer."
This new version of Microsoft Word offers an impressive list of
features in a graphics-based environment which are accessible even to
the novice user. Word's functions work together, are consistent, and
can be easily accessed by someone without dedicated word processing
experience. When combined with an Apple LaserWriter, Microsoft Word
Version 3.0 produces the highest-quality output available from any
personal computer-based system.
"Our four years of intensive experience with developing software for
the Macintosh gives us the technological edge to produce fast,
sophisticated applications programs," said Gates. "Microsoft Word 3.0
uses the superior graphics capabilities of the Macintosh to give users
the flexibility to easily generate a great-looking document from start
Microsoft Word 3.0 for the Macintosh combines features of high-end
personal computer-based word processing programs with the ease of use
and graphical user interface of the Macintosh. The result is
high-speed software that makes it very easy to prepare
professional-looking documents ranging from memos to long reports that
combine text and graphics. The new version of Word for the Macintosh
includes such advanced capabilities as:
Faster Execution-- Most commonly used functions like scrolling,
saving, and printing are significantly faster than previous versions of
Flexible Menus-- Short Menus list only the basic word processing
features, very similar to MacWrite. The learning process is
accelerated, because the more sophisticated functions are not apparent.
As novice users progress, one keystroke offers access to Full Menus and
more advanced functions, including outlining, style sheets, and
Quick-Switch. Finally, the ability to customize menus gives
experienced users the power to build the menu of choice for a valuable
shortcut to their most-used commands.
Compound Documents and Quick-Switch-- Microsoft Word 3.0 for the
Macintosh supports documents that include data in the form of text,
but-mapped graphics, object-oriented graphics, formatted numerical
tables, and equations. Word makes it easy to edit these other types of
data using Quick-Switch. the users need only remember one command key
to access and return from other appropriate software. Word performs
the necessary data manipulation. Users can change text, draw lines,
formulate equations and resize or crop graphics from within Microsoft
Page Preview-- To eliminate surprises at final output, users can
view on-screen headers, footers, margins, and page breaks of two entire
pages, exactly as they will be printed. These then can be
interactively adjusted, which saves time and effort by eliminating
Page Layout Flexibility and Desktop Publishing-- Microsoft Word
allows text and graphics to be laid out in multiple snaking columns or
in independent (side-by-side) columns. Graphics can be moved with text
within the same paragraph. Embedded PostScript gives the user the
ability to tap the full potential of the Apple LaserWriter. Microsoft
Word for the Macintosh is designed to work seamlessly with Aldus
PageMaker for those individuals requiring the advanced features of page
layout program. All character and paragraph formatting in Word is
maintained when the text is "poured" into a page layout.
Integrated Outliner-- A integrated outliner allows writers to
organize ideas, get a fast overview of work-in-progress, and reorganize
lengthy documents. When headings are restructured in Outline view, the
accompanying text is automatically moved.
Integrated Style Sheets-- Documents can be formatted quickly and
consistently using integrated style sheets, which make it easy to
maintain a consistent look throughout all documents. Styles can be
defined or modified as thent is created to effect changes
instantly throughout the document.
Data Exchange-- Version 3.0 includes a conversion utility for the
IBM Document Content Architecture (DCA) format. It also supports
built-in two-way data conversion with other leading software packages
or standards in other environments including Microsoft Word for the PC,
Rich Text Format (RTF),ASCII files, MacWrite, and Microsoft Works.
Column Manipulation-- Microsoft Word 3.0 includes traditional column
manipulation functions such as column move, delete, five function math
(=,-,%,x,/), and sorting.
Spelling Corrector-- An 80,000-word spelling corrector is integrated
in Microsoft Word 3.0.
With its increased graphics capabilities and flexible formatting,
Microsoft Word 3.0 for the Macintosh complements today's desktop
publishing systems. Version 3.0 integrates many of the formatting
features traditionally found in desktop publishing systems and, with
PostScript support, provides users with more sophisticated features
required for complex page layout designs.
The advanced document processing capabilities of Microsoft Word 3.0
help position the Macintosh on the desks of business users by providing
a powerful program designed for serious business tasks. The increased
power, graphical user interface, and improved keyboard of the Macintosh
Plus combined with Microsoft Word 3.0 produce the highest-quality
professional documents possible on a personal computer.
Office environments that utilize both Macintosh and IBM personal
computers will benefit from the data conversion capabilities of Version
3.0, as well as complete utilization of the Macintosh Plus keyboard.
Microsoft Word 3.0 users can perform cursor movements and selection
from the keypad.
Microsoft Word for Apple Macintosh systems requires a minimum of
512K memory. The program is delivered on an 800K disk, but owners of
the 512K Macintosh who have not upgraded to an 800K double-sided disk
drive can obtain a copy on two 400K disk free of charge by completing
the coupon included in the Word 3.0 package and returning it to
The product is expected to ship in January 1987, will have a
suggested retail price of $395, and will not be copy protected.
Current registered users can upgrade to Version 3.0 for $99. In
mid-November registered users will be notified by mail of the upgrade
process. Users who purchase a license for Microsoft Word 1.05 after
October 1, 1986, and submit proof of purchase, will receive the Version
3.0 for $50.