After reading several articles that were written for the sole purpose of bashing Microsoft Word, I had to reflect on my personal use of the program, and whether it was really as bad as everyone was making it out to be. One complaint that authors of the articles all shared was that the layout of Microsoft Word, with it’s metaphorical blank paper page and structured margins, was that it was uncreative, and as a result, stifled the user’s creativity in writing. I don’t agree with this at all. What is more promising, more open to artistic expression, than a blank page, just waiting to be filled? Even when experiencing writer’s block, I don’t blame the clean slate. Rather, I consider it a strong, demanding audience pushing me to continue on, no matter how bad my thoughts are currently being expressed. What kind of cruel, demoralizing, joke would it be for me to have a canvas that is more attractive, more creative, than my own work that I’m about to fill it with?
Another beef that the authors of the articles had with Word was the fact that it is so broadly used. I understand if they are annoyed with the company for buying out competitors and trying to control the free market. I have doubts that Microsoft is legitimately attempting to become a monopoly. People make those sort of accusations about any big company that they personally dislike, just because it’s an easy target. If Microsoft is indeed being that manipulative, more people need to talk about it, and more credible research needs to be performed into the matter.
People obviously like Microsoft Word, or else they wouldn’t use it as much as they do. Personally, I was raised using Microsoft word whenever I had to write on the computer, and it’s become second nature to me. It was a struggle for me to get this WordPress account, and even here, the influences of Microsoft Word remain. When I start composing, I imagine that “uncreative” blank page in my mind. Technically, since this writing is going on a website which automatically puts spaces between paragraphs, I’m not supposed to indent my paragraphs. But I do anyways. Why? Because that’s what Word taught me to do. I’m not just being old-school and nostalgic. If I had even a slight problem with Word, and there was another word processor that was better, I’d happily switch. But I honestly love it. It’s not often that a product gets a 100% satisfaction rate, and when it does, it deserves to be praised.