Some advantages of Microsoft Word are that it is widely used, has many training options available, offers users a variety of reading modes, works on mobile devices as well as computers, can access documents from the cloud, supports various file formats and lets users add multimedia to their documents. Some disadvantages are that the program can be costly and that it can take some time to learn to use the program's interface and features.
Microsoft Word 2016 is the latest version of the software, and it includes features like password protection, PDF editing, collaborative document editing, change tracking and SkyDrive integration. The program can be purchased alone or as part of the Microsoft Office suite, including the online subscription service Office 365. Those who only need to view Word files can download the free Microsoft Word Viewer as an alternative.