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The DOC format was created by Microsoft in the 90s and it immediately gained popularity among users. However, as time went on and we entered the mid-2000s, the format’s popularity started declining. Though DOC has seen a decline it remains the most popular way to describe a file, even if the file being described isn’t a DOC. You can say it’s coined the reference to digital documents for the foreseeable future.

Application and key features of .doc

Microsoft produced the extension to enable its users to create and edit documentation online. It’s a binary file format that consists of records and frameworks with a focus on text formatting, charts, images and other files with editable content.

If there is an MS Office pack installed on your device, you won’t run into any difficulties with opening it. Depending on the version of Word, DOC files can also differ. They help create a wide range of documents, such as application letters, reports, diploma papers, etc. As soon as a user is finished editing they can either save or print a copy of the document they created.

At the time of its creation, the format was an innovative type of extension for encoding documents. It was a brilliant thing for authors since it allowed them to insert graphics and images. Nevertheless, times change and Microsoft Word 2007 came up with a new default one (DOCX). However, the old version is still used by many to this day.

File extension
Internet media type
Document file format
Programs that use this format
Microsoft Word (1997-2003) Writer
IBM Lotus Symphony
Apple Pages
Microsoft Corporation