Microsoft Word 2016

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Description of App: 

The uber-juggernaught word processor that has long been a staple in the corporate world and universities. Part of Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365, and the first Mac version written with the potential for Voiceover accessibility .

Version: 

15.31

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

10.12.2

Accessibility Comments: 

Although the app elements are accessible, some limitations remain in this version, particularly when working with book-length documents with complex formatting. Microsoft has posted a Accessibility help page specific to Voiceover in Word 2016. At the time of writing, there seem to be some glitches with some of the navigation keystrokes.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

Although Text-Edit and Pages are adequate for most individuals, Word features a huge range of enterprise-level capabilities, such as preparing mass mailings, inclusion of mathematical equations, creation of complex Visual Basic scripts, direct access to OneDrive and collaborative project authoring, production of camera-ready book manuscripts, and much more. Many corporate and educational settings incorporate Office applications at a level that makes it essential for students and employees to use it. Microsoft Office 365 is available as a free trial. Additionally, many University students have access to the software free of charge through their information technology departments, depending on whether or not the University has an agreement with Microsoft.