Microsoft Reader

Microsoft Reader

Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    405,187
  • Date Added:
    July 08, 2003
  • File Size:
    3.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    649
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Note: If you already have Microsoft Reader installed, it is recommended that you choose the Microsoft Reader Update installation option. If you choose to download the full installation, uninstall Microsoft Reader through the Add/Remove Programs control panel before you run the installation utility.

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2 stars

"obsolete but it does work"

October 27, 2013  |  By John PIlge

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

It works well reading files in .lit and is stable.

Cons

The file format .lit is no longer available. It has been replaced by .epub and there are no books available in .lit that I can find.

Summary

Microsoft discontinued Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012.
There will be no support, upgrades, or books published for Microsoft Reader.

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4 stars

"very useful"

April 04, 2011  |  By kert777

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

ease of use.

Cons

not any know at this time.

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4 stars

"It is free."

February 07, 2011  |  By ChirilaMisu

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

I can read what I want in a convenient way.

Cons

Complicate to download and activate.

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3 stars

"An average eBook reader"

December 05, 2010  |  By bartkoslow

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

Microsoft reader will do an average job of reading ebooks.

Cons

Not comparable to the ebook readers from either Amazon of Barnes and Noble.

Summary

If you are not particular about your ebook reader you certainly can use this one, but I do not recommend it as there are better ones.

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4 stars

"Like It Use On Laptop and Phone"

November 30, 2010  |  By Stormy208

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

I like the fact that I can read anywhere. I transfer bookmarks between laptop and phone.

Cons

Would like a new look.

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3 stars

"simple,and its free!"

July 04, 2010  |  By morningafterdark

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

does what it says..a very simple product to use..no hassle..

Cons

even if you activate it after working your ass off,won't open some books..

Summary

good for .lit forms..but if u are looking for the best option,this is not it!

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2 stars

"not what I was looking for"

June 25, 2010  |  By dmwelch

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

It's a Microsoft product

Cons

doesn't do what I wanted it to do

Summary

I downloaded an epub book to my computer and I'll be damned if I can find a reader that will allow me to open anything that's already on my computer! All of the readers I downloaded (this one, Barnes & Nobles and eRead 6) all can only read books you've downloaded using their interface and don't have the ability to open a file on your hard drive (or if you can I sure as hell can't figure out how). Frustrated!

Updated on Jun 25, 2010

When trying to activate it I get this:
"Activation Error
The Activation process has failed because you do not have sufficient access. You need to run as a local administrator to activate Microsoft Reader."
Well I'm logged in as an administrator on my computer so this error message is total BS. I'm tired of beating my head against the wall. I'm running Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7 Home Premium and logged into Microsoft Passport with my Yahoo email address. ***?

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3 stars

"Basic book reader"

June 13, 2010  |  By saintckk

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

No problem so far, able to read the books I wanted

Cons

Nothing bad, to troublesome to activate

Summary

I downloaded it because I need to read some Lit formatted book, Nothing great! have to activate and sign-up the Live! too troublesome, forget above it!

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3 stars

"Okay not great"

March 11, 2010  |  By lwilky

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

Free
Runs in windows

Cons

doesn't run on linux
doesn't embrace many ebook formats

Summary

Reader is okay, but after trying it I use Calibre. Calibre seems easier, and more universal running on linux and windows, and supporting more ebook formats.

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3 stars

"Gets the job done"

January 02, 2010  |  By Roxia14

 |  Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

Pros

Loads quick and has good reading settings.

Cons

Only can read .lit (MS Reader format), ugly interface, and no customization.

Summary

The only reason why I have this program is because some of the books I've gotten only come in .lit file. I don't really like reading with it much, but I could if I had to. It's an okay program, just not my style.

Updated on Jan 2, 2010

Scratch out "the only .lit reader"!! I found a new program called Calibre that is on the downloads page. Check it out! It's a manager, ebook reader, and ebook converter. All in one!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date July 08, 2003
Date Added July 08, 2003
Version 2.1.1
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 98/NT/2000/Me/XP
Download Information
File Size 3.58MB
File Name MSReaderSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 405,187
Downloads Last Week 649
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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