Software : Microsoft : Works

Microsoft Works

(as of 6/4/2015)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Word processing, spreadsheet, and database tools
  • Built-in dictionary and calendar
  • Work Task Launcher for easy task selection
  • Manages contacts, to-do lists, and personal schedules
  • Compatible with Microsoft Office file formats

Microsoft Works is a productivity suite designed for home users. It is often viewed as a trimmed-down version of Microsoft Office since it is primarily used in home environments for personal and household tasks. Works is no longer developed.

Works includes the following applications:

  • Works Word Processor: Used for creating documents, brochures, resumes, letters, cards, and other stationery; includes several pre-built templates, a dictionary, and a thesaurus.
  • Works Spreadsheet: Allows users to record and analyze personal data such as finances and home inventories.
  • Works Database: Used for storing structured information, such as personal contacts.
  • Works Calendar: Allows users to manage personal schedules and to-do lists; can combine several calendars into a single file.
Even though Works uses its own proprietary file formats, the software is compatible with standard Office formats for Microsoft Word and Excel. For example, users can save Works Word Processor (.WPS) files as Word (.DOCX) documents and Works Spreadsheet (.WKS) files as Excel (.XLSX) documents. Works can also open most Office formats directly, though some Office-specific objects may not be supported.

Microsoft Works is a great alternative to the Office Suite for home users. It has many useful applications to keep track of your finances, manage your schedule, and create documents. If you are looking for some of the functionality of Microsoft Office but don't need all of the extra tools that it comes with, Works is a great option for you.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.WPS – Microsoft Works Word Processor Document

Other file extensions used by Microsoft Works 9

Supported File Types
.CSVComma Separated Values File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Open XML Document
.DOTWord Document Template
.ICSCalendar File
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TSVTab Separated Values File
.VCSvCalendar Event File
.WDBMicrosoft Works Database
.WKSWorks Spreadsheet
.WPSMicrosoft Works Word Processor Document
.WPTWorks Template
.XLRWorks Spreadsheet
.XLSExcel Spreadsheet
.XLSBExcel Binary Spreadsheet
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet
Additional Related File Formats
.BCMMicrosoft Works Communications Script Backup
.BDBMicrosoft Works Database Backup File
.BKSMicrosoft Works Spreadsheet Backup File
.BPSWorks Document Backup
.CAGClipArt Gallery Package
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.HTXHTML Extension File
.PWIPocket Word Document
.STFMicrosoft Setup Table File
.TXTPlain Text File
.WCDWorks Calendar File
.WCMMicrosoft Works Communications Script
.WRIMicrosoft Write Document
.WWDWorks Wizard File

Updated: June 4, 2015