Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft's Word has been the centre of our professional lives for many years now, primarily because we've yet to find another word processor that handles outlines so well. The outline view is based on hierarchical text styles, so turning an outline into an article or reorganising an article as if it were an outline is easy.
We haven't always been pleased with Word's updates, however. Some of us still miss Word 95 with its fantastic Word Basic macro programming language. Nor are we all happy with the user interface changes in Word 2007. So Word 2003 seems like a workable compromise.
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