Microsoft Works and Windows 8 are compatible with no known issues, according to Microsoft. Microsoft Works was a cheaper alternative to Microsoft Office Suite, however, Microsoft discontinued the Works program in 2007.
Microsoft debuted the Works program in 1987. Former Apple employees Rupert Lissner and Don Williams based the word processor and database program after AppleWorks, Apple's office suite for Apple II computers.
Older computers came pre-loaded with Microsoft Works, due to the lower retail value. However, Microsoft Works and Word programs do not use the same files. Microsoft Word documents use a .doc file and Works uses .wps files. In order to open a Word document in Works, the files must be converted to the .wps file type.