Antiword is a free MS Word reader for Linux and RISC OS. There are ports to FreeBSD, BeOS, OS/2, Mac OS X, Amiga, VMS, NetWare, Plan9, EPOC, Zaurus PDA, MorphOS, Tru64/OSF, Minix, Solaris and DOS. Antiword converts the binary files from Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text and to PostScript TM.
On MS Word document readers
Microsoft® Word only exists on platforms supported by Microsoft itself. On other platforms, reading Microsoft® Word files is usually difficult, sometimes expensive and often impossible.
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