May 30, 2013
View, print and copy Word documents, even if you don’t have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions.
The Word Viewer, together with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats, allows you open Word documents saved in the following formats:
With Word Viewer and the Compatibility Pack, you can view, print, and copy document contents to another program. However, you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a new document. This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions.
NOTE: If you comply with the other license terms for the Word Viewer, you may distribute this viewer without a document created in Microsoft Office.
If the document you want to view is stored on Windows Live SkyDrive, you don’t need to download a viewer. SkyDrive includes Word Web App, which enables you to open the document in your web browser. If you have permission, you can even edit the document in your browser.
Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats
To reduce file size, improve reliability, and enhance integration with external sources, Microsoft has added new file formats to Microsoft Office 2007 and later versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To help ensure that you can open files in these new formats, Microsoft has developed a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats. By installing the Compatibility Pack after you install the Word Viewer, you can view documents that are saved in the following new document formats:
Note: When you use the Word Viewer to view files that are saved in these formats, you will see a Word version of the file. The following Word 2007 and Word 2010 items will be affected:
If you have older files you will need a converter.
Here is the viewer for Excel