Word Viewer is an important tool with which you can view, print and copy Word documents, even if you have it installed. Thus having Microsoft Word installed or not will not be a problem.
Word Viewer, together with the Compatibility Pack Microsoft Office file formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Word documents to open these formats: DOCX, DOCM, RTF, TXT, HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML, WPD, DOC, WPD, WPS and XML.
Being just a utility for viewing Word files, you cannot edit an open document, save it or create a new one.
If the document you want to open is stored in SkyDrive will not need any viewer, as it contains the Word Web App that can open (and even edit) in the web browser.
Word Viewer works with documents created with Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2002 and Microsoft Word 2000.
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So you know, you do not have it install Office to see a document with their programs. Word Viewer and you can install them for free. It is a simple and effective alternative if you do not have to use Microsoft SkyDrive account and not use LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
Size: 24 MB License: Free Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7