Software Spotlight: Microsoft Word X1.06 Beta

edited March 2017 in Software Spotlights
I present another very early release of Microsoft Word for DOS: "Beta Test Version X1.06". The files on this version are dated September 7, 1983. Despite the higher version number, this predates the October 1983 release of Microsoft Word 1.00 for DOS. Presumably the version number was reset for the official release. (might move it to a pre-release group later now that it is more clear the PC-World demo was also earlier than 1.00)


Here is a breakdown of releases that are currently known:

8/2/1983 - Microsoft Word PC World Demo (Internally identifies itself as "Microsoft Word Preview Version P1.02", labeled as Microsoft Word, Word Processing Program Preview Demonstration Version - PC World Volume 1, Number 9 Software Review) Available here at Winworld
9/7/1983 - Microsoft Word "Beta Test Version X1.06" for MS-DOS (this version)

10/13/1983 - Official Microsoft Word 1.00 (Only known from a photo and directory listing http://bloggingtheimagination.blogspot. ... -word.html ) And another photo on an MSDN blog: ... -and-well/

??? - Microsoft Word 1.10 (mentioned in 1.15 manual update pages)

"Early 1984" - Microsoft Word disk with no version number on eBay a while back. Possibly 1.10. Apparently I forgot to save the photos.

9/18/84 - Microsoft Word 1.15 Available on Winworld

Although perhaps not meaningful, the Word 1.x manual has a date of August 1, 1983 in one of the diagrams.


Interesting things about this software:

- It does seem a little buggy, but I don't know how this compares to the official 1.00 release.
Still, it seems a little more stable than the PC-World demo.

- The conversion tool still refers to Word as "Microsoft MULTI-TOOL WORD".

- This version is NOT copy protected.

- Program name is, not (same as PC World Demo)

- Includes printer related stuff and a converter.

- I suspect this disk was intended for a magazine review.

- The Save function works, unlike the PC world demo.

Unfortunately, I don't have time for a more detailed comparison, any differences in functionality are not very obvious.

Yea, it was on eBay. Was actually hoping it was a release version. :P

On a side note, this was accompanied by a mouse driver disk labeled "2.00" with files dated 12/31/1983. Winworld already has this version but they are labeled as "1.1" because no version number string exists in the files. Another example of why label scans are important.

So, learned a little more about the world's favorite Word Processor. Enjoy.


  • I hope one day we found Interface Manager in 1983.
  • Well, supposedly the first copies sent out for review were under the name "Windows", but still it does raise a little bit of hope that that or other early gems might surface doesn't it?

    While I didn't go in to detail above - because I could be wrong - I suspect this specific disk was intended for such a review. Another item the same seller had included a letter addressing "Mr Rubin" of "Personal Computing" Magazine, perhaps referring to "Charles Rubin, Associate Editor" but is missing the late 1983 issues so I don't know if there was any Word review.
  • SomeGuy wrote:
    Well, supposedly the first copies sent out for review were under the name "Windows", but still it does raise a little bit of hope that that or other early gems might surface doesn't it?
    Yes ! I hope that this version is finally found ! :D
    Perhaps, it should be written "Windows" (with the same year written) as in the first image at the top but without the word "Word" and maybe with the numbers of the version below... ! Or, there was no boot image (Like Windows 1.0 DR5)... of this lost Windows... ! :study:
    In more, around 1983, at Microsoft, they often used the same boot image, as for Word, Multiplan, Graph, ... And for Windows also, so ??

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