Microsoft Word at 30 Quiz

Everybody knows Microsoft Word now, but what do you know about where it came from?

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On Oct. 25, 1983 Microsoft released the first version of what was to become one of its staple programs, Word. Built on technology developed at Xerox under the direction of Charles Simonyi, who was hired away from Xerox to perform the task, Word became an anchor of the Microsoft Office suite and the word processing platform that just about everybody knows. But it wasn’t always that way. Here are a few questions about the early days of Word to test your knowledge. Keep track of your score and check at the end to see how well you did.

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Despite its ultimate success, Microsoft Word was not the first word processor designed for PCs. What was?

A) WordPerfect

B) WordStar

C) WordMaster

D) Electric Pencil

Electric Pencil

Despite its ultimate success, Microsoft Word was not the first word processor designed for PCs. What was?

D) Electric Pencil (1976)

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What was the name of the Xerox-developed word processing program that became Microsoft Word?

A) Alpha

B) Bravo

C) Charlie

D) Delta

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What was the name of the Xerox-developed word processing program that became Microsoft Word?

B) Bravo

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What was the name of the cartoon Office Assistant feature in Word from 1987 to 2003.

A) Dippy

B) Clippy

C) Zippy

D) Pinch

Clippy

What was the name of the cartoon Office Assistant feature in Word from 1987 to 2003.

B) Clippy

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Slide Internally Microsoft developers referred to the Office Assistant paperclip as TFC, which stood for what?

A) The f*****g clown

B) That funny clip

C) Terminally failed concept

D) Too far, Charlie [Simonyi]

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Internally Microsoft developers referred to the Office Assistant as TFC, which stood for what?

A) The f*****g clown

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Word was the first word-processing app to feature which of the following?

A) What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) interface

B) Word-count command

C) Italics

D) Cut and paste

WYSIWYG

Word was the first word-processing app to feature which of the following?

A) What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) interface

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What breakthrough marketing did Microsoft use to promote the initial release of Word?

A) Co-advertising with IBM PCs

B) Placing the product in a scene in TV’s  “The A-Team”

C) Shipping a demo copy with PCWorld magazine

D) Getting the L.A. Raiders Lyle Alzado to tattoo [temporary] the logo on his arm

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What breakthrough marketing did Microsoft use to promote the initial release of Word?

C) Shipping a demo copy with PCWorld magazine

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What tech giant sued Microsoft unsuccessfully, charging it acted monopolistically by limiting access to elements of Windows 95 to give Word an edge over competitors?

A) IBM

B) Novell

C) Oracle

D) Computer Associates

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What tech giant sued Microsoft unsuccessfully, charging it acted monopolistically by limiting access to elements of Windows 95 to give Word an edge over competitors?

B. Novell lost the lawsuit.

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What was the original name for Microsoft Word?

A) WYSIWYG Word

B) Multi-Tool Word

C) Word for DOS

D) PC Word

Microsoft Word

What was the original name for Microsoft Word?

B) Multi-Tool Word

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Word and which two other applications were rolled into the first Microsoft Office suite?

A) Excel and PowerPoint

B) Excel and Mail

C) Mail and PowerPoint

D) Excel and Office Manager

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Word and which two other applications were rolled into the first Microsoft Office suite?

A) Excel and PowerPoint

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The first version of Word was available for MS DOS and what other operating system?

A) Atari TOS

B) Applesoft BASIC

C) Xenix

D) OS/2

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The first version of Word was available for MS DOS and what other operating system?

C) Xenix

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How’d you do?

0-2 – Papyrus scribe

3-5 – Johannes Gutenberg

6-8 - IBM Selectric user

9-10 – Charles Simonyi