(fyi ... I posted this same question on mac-forums).
Hi. My brother has a PowerMac 4400/200. He uses MS Word, version unknown, but it was the version out around 1997.
He went to turn it on the other day and it wouldn't boot. He took it to a shop and they tried a new power supply and motherboard. Still doesn't work.
He had backups of some data on floppies, but the guy at the shop told him that it's so old, the new software that's out will not read his documents.
The guy also told him that even if he has MS Word from '97 on disks, the current Macs would not be able to run it, so he is basically stuck.
Is this true? I find it hard to believe that the data is sitting right there, but there's no way to read it.