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Word 6.0 was the second attempt to develop a common codebase version of Word. The first, code-named Pyramid, had been an attempt to completely rewrite the existing Word product. It was abandoned when it was determined that it would take the development team too long to rewrite and then catch up with all the new capabilities that could have been added in the same time without a rewrite. Proponents of Pyramid claimed it would have been faster, smaller, and more stable than the product that was eventually released for Macintosh, which was compiled using a beta version of Visual C++ 2.0 that targets the Macintosh, so many optimizations have to be turned off (the version 4.2.1 of Office is compiled using the final version), and sometimes use the Windows API simulation library included.[1] Pyramid would have been truly cross-platform, with machine-independent application code and a small mediation layer between the application and the operating system.

  1. Buggin' My Life Away : Mac Word 6.0
Word 2008 Branch
Preceded by
Word 5.x
Word 6.x Followed by
Word 95
WordPerfect 5.x Branch
Influenced by
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Word 6.x Influenced
WordPerfect 5.x

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