Microsoft Works

Version9(as of 4/21/2021)
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Rating:2.9  |  38 Votes

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

Software Overview

Microsoft Works is a productivity suite designed for home users that was eventually replaced by Microsoft Office. Microsoft discontinued Works in 2009.

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.

Although 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 was a popular productivity suite for home users in the 1980s and 1990s. It came with useful applications to keep track of your finances, manage your schedule, and create documents. If you are looking for some of that same functionality, you can try Microsoft Office or the open-source Apache OpenOffice suite.

Primary File Type

wps icon.WPSMicrosoft Works Word Processor Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.WPSMicrosoft Works Word Processor Document
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
.DOCMMicrosoft Word Macro-enabled Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.DOTMicrosoft Word Document Template (Legacy)
.ICSCalendar File
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TSVTab-Separated Values File
.VCSvCalendar Event
.WDBMicrosoft Works Database
.WKSWorks Spreadsheet
.WPSMicrosoft Works Word Processor Document
.WPTWorks Template
.XLRWorks Spreadsheet
.XLSMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy)
.XLSBMicrosoft Excel Binary Spreadsheet
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.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 4/21/2021