The ABW file format is the default document format for the AbiWord word processing software and the format is based on XML. The ABW file format allows for advanced document layouts, rich text formatting, lists, tables, images and footnotes. ABW files are similar in nature to Microsoft Word DOC files, however, unlike Microsoft Word files, the AbiWord program can run on almost any computer operating system.
DOC is a file extension for word processing documents. It is associated mainly with Microsoft Word application. DOC files can also contain charts and tables, videos, images, sounds and diagrams. It supports almost all the Operating Systems.