The world is full of text based information. Text comes in many forms; as brief text messages through to multi volume reports. Microsoft Word is the software many people in government and industry create the content, but that doesn’t mean a Microsoft Word document is necessarily the best way to share it.
If your writing is a brief piece of text, maybe only a couple paragraphs long with some location or directions, then paste it in the body of the email and avoid sending it out as an attachment. Your readers will appreciate not needing to open up another piece of software, mobile readers also benefit and the security fears associated with opening up an attachment are mitigated.
Keep it simple.