System Requirements

To work in Pearson Writer, your computer must meet at least the 56 kbps (kilobits per second) connection speed and be using one of the following operating system and browser configurations.





Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Window 10

Firefox latest 
IE 10, 11*
Chome latest


Mavericks (10.9)
Yosemite (10.10)
El Capitan (10.11)

Firefox latest
Chrome latest
Safari 7, 8, 8.1

MS Office Add-In*** 

Native Client: The 32- or 64-bit version of Office 2013 or a later version or O365 (Word Online)

NOTE: Internet Explorer 11 or later must be installed on the user’s machine but does not have to be the default browser.

Please note that Microsoft Word Native Client is not supported on Macs

Operating System:
Windows OS: Windows 7 or later
Mac OS X Version 10.10 and later


iOS 8.0 and 9.0 
Android: Jelly Bean 4.3 and upwards

Universal mobile apps are now available in the App Store on the iPhone/iPad, optimized for iOS 9.0, and the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets**

* Note that using IE 10 and 11 is not recommended and may result in unexpected behavior with Notebook and NoteClipper.

** Note that mobile browsers are no longer fully supported and may result in unexpected behavior.

*** Note that the iOS Spotlight Search is available on iOS 9 and above, but this feature will not be supported on iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

**** For best performance use these preferred combinations:

Word Online OS and Browser

Windows 10 Edge

Windows 7 Internet Explorer 11

Windows 7 Firefox 44 or later

Windows 7 Chrome 49 or later

Mac OS X 10.11 Safari 9

Word Native Client OS and Word Versions

Windows 10 Word 2016

Windows 7 Word 2013

NOTE: The Add-In is currently only supported on desktops (not mobile)

To check your operating system, turn on your computer and look for information on your operating system as the computer boots up. You can also find this information in your computer settings. For example, if you have a PC you can look at "View System Information" in "My Computer," which is accessible from the Start menu.

If you are unsure of the browser version you are using, launch the browser and select Help from the menu bar. Next, select "About Browser" (the browser name and the exact wording of the selection will vary) and a window will open with your browser name and version.