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In 1981, Microsoft hired Charles Simonyi , the primary developer of Bravo , the first GUI word processor , which was developed at Xerox PARC.  Simonyi started work on a word processor called Multi-Tool Word and soon hired Richard Brodie , a former Xerox intern, who became the primary software engineer.   
Microsoft announced Multi-Tool Word for Xenix  and MS-DOS in 1983.  Its name was soon simplified to Microsoft Word.  Free demonstration copies of the application were bundled with the November 1983 issue of PC World , making it the first to be distributed on-disk with a magazine.   That year Microsoft demonstrated Word running on Windows. 
In 1986, an agreement between Atari and Microsoft brought Word to the Atari ST  under the name Microsoft Write. The Atari ST version was a port of Word 1.05 for the Mac OS   and was never updated due to the outstanding degree of software piracy on the Atari platform.