There is hardly anyone who has never worked with the DOC file extension before. Every day since it was released in 1997 we have been using it to create files for business and personal tasks. Writing drafts for speeches, essays, reports, articles, blogs and so much more before posting them on the Internet. It’s no wonder why the term became a sort of a proper noun for documents.
DOC has been a word processing tool for several decades. This time period helped the extension evolve from a plain text tool to a powerful document look that includes various fonts, images, hyperlinks, tables, text, etc. Being the brainchild of Microsoft, the extension was used as a default format for new documents in Word 97-2003. Therefore, the product is native only to Microsoft. Although it’s possible for other word processors to read this type of file, certain limitations exist.
Any device with a pre-installed MS Office pack can open DOC files without any difficulties.
Certain software combines the name ‘DOC’ with other words to create a different type of file. For instance, Palm OS uses the same capitalized term as a shortened version of PalmDoc, which is totally different. In 2007 the newest version of the format appeared.