Word Processing Background
OpenOffice.org Writer is an open source/free software word processor that is a component of the OpenOffice.org software package.
Writer is capable of opening and saving documents in a number of various formats, including Microsoft Word's .doc, .rtf, .xhtml, and the Oasis Open Document format (or commonly called as ODF, its default format of version 2.0). As with format the OpenOffice.org suite, Writer can be used across a variety of platforms, including Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, Free BSD and Solaris. Use it for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book with embedded illustrations, cross-referrences and other printed material.
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a free software. Any one can improvements then share it for everyone to enjoy. As the user and the developer base of OpenOficce.org continue to grow, features and enhancements may be added to the package at a higher rate.
As part of the OpenOffice.org suite, OpenOffice.org Writer is available under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
Microsoft Office WORD
Microsoft Office Word is a word processing application originally written by Richard Brodie for IBM PC Computers running DOS (Disk Operating System) in 1983. Later versions were created for the Apple Macintosh (1984), SCO UNIX, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows (1989). It became part of the Microsoft Office suite.
The first version of Word for Windows was released in 1989 at a price of 500 US dollars. With the release of Windows 3.0, the following year, sales began to pick up. Word 1.0 worked much better with Windows 3.0 than with previous versions. The failure of Word Perfect to produce a Windows version proved a fatal mistake. It was version 2.0 of Word, however, that firmly established Microsoft Word as the market leader.
Word on the Macintosh never had any serious rivals, although programs such as Nisus Writer, a word processing...