Even if Microsoft Word is really common program, most of the companies own it, sending a curriculum vitae atached in this format can be not a winning choose.
Even if it sounds strange using microfost word to write your Curriculum Vitae is a big mistake, a choose that could compromize your evaluation. During the famous 10seconds of evaluation you have to help who's reading your cv to focus the attention on the important information about you and not on the mistakes or grammar errors underlined by MS Word.
Using Microsoft Word
Using Microsoft Word can be not a good idea.
First, if they want to read your curriculumvitae.com, they need a program to open it and even if MS Word is in most of the computer, it's not in all of them. MS is not a free program. Word has lot of problem with Linux and Apple/Mac. So, Microsoft Word is not universal.
But ok, let's pretend that the company you are sending the cv can open curriculum.doc without problem: now real problems are startying
- word remembers settings of the user and your cv could be visualized too small
- the grammar check can confuse the reader
- more problems with the style: show/hide the "formattazione"
- reader could accidentaly delete some part of the text/curriculum
Reader set the zoom to 50% and now he can't read your cv, too small on the screen to be readen. Of course he can print it but on the screen your cv can't be readen. Now what is he going to do? will he look for a way to read it? Will he Ask help to someone? will he trash the cv?
Automatic grammar check
You wrote your cv curing all the details. On your computer you added on the dictionary all the unknown words, but then we you sent it to the company that's how it looks
Text is confused, full of red underlined words. All your work to make the important words bold now is vanished: unkwnown and not so important words are underlined and of course you dind't want it.
of course if there are real mistakes on the cv then it was your fault: not Microsoft Word fault or the company fault.
When you wrote the cv it was like this
but they read the curriculum vitae lhis way
Not so nice right? it doesn't help reading it