Chemistry Add-in for Word – formally known as Chem4Word – was unveiled during the American Chemical Society Spring 2010 Meeting in San Francisco.
It is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Microsoft Research and Peter Murray-Rust, from the Journal of Cheminformatics Editorial Board, as well as Joe Townsend and Jim Downing – all at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics at the University of Cambridge.
The Chemistry Add-in for Word enables chemists to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas and 2-D chemical structure depictions, within Word. It utilizes Chemical Markup Language (CML), making it possible to author chemical content in Word, and also to include the data behind chemical structure representations. The Chemistry Add-in and CML make chemistry documents open, readable and easily accessible, not just to other chemists, but also to other technologies.