It won't open documents created with versions of Word earlier than 1997 and it crashes with anything saved as .DOC which contains macros.
There's some solutions to these problems though;
Opening Older DocumentsIt's possible to change Word 2016's settings to allow you to open old documents;
- Click File,
- Then Options
- Then Trust Center
- Click on the button marked Trust Center Settings
- Click on File Block settings.
- Tick the document types that you want to be able to open and click Ok
Of course, just because you CAN, doesn't mean that you should. Word is less stable with these settings turned on, and it's able to open documents which could be potentially dangerous.
If you're looking at your company's archives though, it should be fine but you might want to consider installing LibreOffice or using Google Docs (both of which are free) for older documents instead.
Crashes on Macro Enabled Documents
In our case, we were experiencing regular crashes on documents created with specific templates. The templates contained Macros (but those macros only run on document creation, not when they're opened).
Nevertheless, we were able to demonstrate that simply opening a file resulted in an immediate crash. These documents were okay on Word 2003, 2010 and 2013 but as soon as we upgraded to 2016, the crashes started happening everywhere.
We turned to Microsoft for help but didn't get much direction there....
Then yesterday, I did an upgrade of a couple of our PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
... and the crashes stopped.
Clearly there's something different about Windows 10 that makes Word 2016 much happier.