I’d like to know why Microsoft’s latest version of Word is totally incompatible with all the previous versions. One of my students sent me her paper in the new Word 2007 format and I couldn’t open it with Word 2003. I had to download and install a file format converter from Microsoft’s website. It just seems so pointless for them to release new versions of applications that are more or less identical to previous versions. The upgrades/changes aren’t significant enough to justify installing the new version and to top it all off, they are incompatible with previous versions.