Concepts and ideas of Word were brought from Bravo, the original GUI writing word processor developed at Xerox PARC. On February 1, 1983. With this, development on what was originally named Multi-Tool Word began.
Richard Brodie renamed it Microsoft Word, and Microsoft released the program on October 25, 1983, for the IBM PC. Free demonstration copies of the application were bundled with the November 1983 issue of PC World, making it the first program to be distributed on-disk with a magazine. However, it was not well received