Office Trouble


I'm a writer -- six novels, a dozen short stories, and considerable nonfiction. All in Word97 on W95. I'm concerned that publishers will be accepting only W98 or later to reduce costs. Already no one will use Wordperfect. I understand W-ME and WXP are different platforms and thus incompatible to W95. Is there a program that will allow conversion of W95 files to W-XP as there is to convert Wordperfect to Word? Or am I in for a lot of retyping? Thanks.


This question was answered on February 8, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I'm a writer -- no published work, no considerable talent, but I know what you are going through With every new iteration of their Office line Microsoft removes legacy code, successfully making them incomputable with previous versions Microsoft does not release the code for the public so it is somewhat hard for other people to make conversion tools.

This bugged me very much and switching to plain ASCII would have been an overkill, so instead I switched to another Office Suite: OpenOffice This Open Source software is available to the public at no charge and contains the same tools as any Microsoft Office Along with it's own file format it also supports older Word formatted files (no Wordperfect though)

You can download (for free) at this site:

Hope this helps.


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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 8, 2003