" Word Processing : Word processing refers to using computer technology to assist in the typing of documents. IBM coined the term in 1964, when it first marketed the magnetic tape selectric typewriter (MT/ST). This machine enabled secretaries to store “canned” portions of documents on a tape unit connected to the typewriter and to interweave fresh text with prepared materials. Today, of course, the tape units are gone and word processing has been enhanced by disk units, display screens, and large electronic memories. Word processing initiated the widespread use of computers in office settings, a phenomenon that many people refer to today as office automation (OA). Later, in the 1970s and 1980s, innovations such as desktop microcomputer systems, electronic mail, desktop publishing systems, facsimile (fax) machines-, and intelligent copiers would further fuel the rise of OA in organizations."
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