History of Microsoft Office

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This article describes the history of Microsoft Office and its versions.

Mac versions[edit]

Office for Mac software history
Software Office version
1 2 3 4.2 98 2001 v. X 2004 2008 2011
Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook No No No No Maybe1 No No No No Yes
Entourage No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Internet Explorer No No No No Maybe1 No No No No No
Mail Yes ? No Yes No No No No No No

Windows New versions[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Release date Title/version Contents Notes
November 19, 1990[1] Office 1.0 Word 1.1, Excel 2.0, PowerPoint 2.0[2]
March 4, 1991[3] Office 1.5 Word 1.1, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.0
July 8, 1991[4] Office 1.6 Word 1.1, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.0, Mail 2.1
August 30, 1992 Office 3.0 CD-ROM version: Word 2.0c, Excel 4.0a, PowerPoint 3.0, Mail Later rebranded as Office 92
January 17, 1994 Office 4.0 Word 6.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0.
June 2, 1994 Office 4.3 Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Mail 3.2 and in the Pro version, Access 2.0. This is the last 16-bit version. This is also the last version to support Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.1 and Windows NT 3.5 (Windows NT 3.51 was supported up to and including Office 97).
July 3, 1994 Office for NT 4.2 Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 (both 32-bit, i386, MIPS, PowerPC, and Alpha), PowerPoint 4.0 (16-bit), "Microsoft Office Manager".
August 30, 1995 Office 95 (7.0) Word 7 for Windows 95, etc. Coincided with the Windows 95 operating system release. Works only on Windows 95, NT 3.51 or higher. This is the first Office version to have the same version number (7.0, inherited from Word 6.0) for all major component products (Word, Excel and so on).
November 19, 1996 Office 97 (8.0) Word 97, etc. Was published on CD-ROM as well as on a set of 45 3½-inch floppy disks), became Y2K safe with Service Release 2. Last version to support Windows NT 3.51 on i386 and Alpha.
June 20, 1998 Office 97 Powered by Word 98 (8.5) The only way to get Word 98. Was released only in Japanese and Korean editions. First version to contain Outlook 98 in all editions and Publisher 98 in the Small Business Edition. And also the first version of Office 97 to support Windows 98.
June 7, 1999 Office 2000 (9.0) Word 2000, etc. Last version to support Windows 95. Office 2000 is also the last version which does not include Product Activation and is not covered by Office Genuine Advantage, although on individual installs, the Office Update website still required the presence of original install media for updates to install.
May 31, 2001 Office XP (10.0) Word 2002, etc. Last version to support Windows 98/Me/NT 4.0. Improved support for working in restricted accounts under Windows 2000/XP.
November 17, 2003 Office 2003 (11.0) Word 2003, etc. First version to introduce Windows XP style icons. Last version to support Windows 2000. Last version to support legacy Menus.
January 30, 2007 Office 2007 (12.0) Word 2007, etc. Broadly released alongside Windows Vista. First version to use the new Ribbon user interface with Tabbed Menus.
June 15, 2010[5] Office 2010 (14.0) Word 2010, etc. This is the first version to ship in 32- and 64-bit. Last version to support Windows XP and Windows Vista. Version 13.0 was skipped because of the fear of the number 13.[6]
October 11, 2012 Office 2013 (15.0) Word 2013, et.

Editions[edit]

Office 4.x[edit]

Standard Professional
Word Word
Excel Excel
PowerPoint PowerPoint
Mail Mail
Access

Office 95[edit]

Standard Professional
Word 95 (7.0) Word 95 (7.0)
Excel 95 (7.0) Excel 95 (7.0)
PowerPoint 95 (7.0) PowerPoint 95 (7.0)
Schedule+ 95 (7.0) Schedule+ 95 (7.0)
Access 95 (7.0)

Office 97[edit]

Standard Professional Small Business Developer
Word 97 (8.0) Word 97 (8.0) Word 97 (8.0) Word 97 (8.0)
Excel 97 (8.0) Excel 97 (8.0) Excel 97 (8.0) Excel 97 (8.0)
Outlook 97 (8.0) Outlook 97 (8.0) Outlook 98 (8.5) Outlook 9? (?.?)
PowerPoint 97 (8.0) PowerPoint 97 (8.0) - PowerPoint 97 (8.0)
- Access 97 (8.0) - Access 97 (8.0)
Photo Editor 3.0 Photo Editor 3.0 Photo Editor 3.0 ?
- - Publisher 98 (8.5) ?
- - Small Business Financial Manager 98 (3.0) ?
- - - Developer Tools and SDK

Office 2000[edit]

Standard Small Business * Professional Premium Developer
Word Word Word Word Word
Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel
Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook
PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint
Publisher Publisher Publisher Publisher
Access Access Access
FrontPage FrontPage
PhotoDraw PhotoDraw
Small Business Tools Developer Tools and SDK

Office XP (Version 2002)[edit]

Standard Small Business Professional Professional with FrontPage * Professional Special Edition Developer
Word Word Word Word Word Word
Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel
Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook
PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint
Access Access Access
FrontPage FrontPage FrontPage
Publisher Publisher Developer Tools and SDK
SharePoint Team Services

Office 2003[edit]

Basic* Student and Teacher Edition Standard Small Business Professional Edition Enterprise Edition**
Word Word Word Word Word Word
Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel
Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook with Business Contact Manager Outlook with Business Contact Manager Outlook with Business Contact Manager
PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint
Publisher Publisher Publisher
Access Access
InfoPath

OneNote 2003is included in any of the Office 2003 editions. FrontPage 2003, Visio 2003 and Project 2003 were also sold separately.

Office 2007[edit]

Home Basic* Home and Student Standard Small Business Professional Professional Plus Enterprise Ultimate
Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word
Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel
PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint PowerPoint
Outlook Outlook Outlook + Business Contact Manager Outlook + Business Contact Manager Outlook Outlook Outlook + Business Contact Manager
Accounting Express Accounting Express Accounting Express
Publisher Publisher Publisher Publisher Publisher
Access Access Access Access
InfoPath InfoPath InfoPath
Groove Groove
OneNote OneNote OneNote
Communicator Communicator Communicator
Enterprise Content Manager Enterprise Content Manager Enterprise Content Manager
Electronic Forms Electronic Forms Electronic Forms
Information Rights Management and Policy Capabilities Information Rights Management and Policy Capabilities Information Rights Management and Policy Capabilities

Office 2010/2013[edit]

Starter* Office Online Home and Student Home and Business Standard Professional Professional Plus
Word Starter Edition Word Basic Word Word Word Word Word
Excel Starter Edition Excel Basic Excel Excel Excel Excel Excel
Powerpoint Viewer Powerpoint Basic Powerpoint Powerpoint Powerpoint Powerpoint Powerpoint
Onenote Basic Onenote Onenote Onenote Onenote Onenote
Outlook Outlook Outlook Outlook
Publisher Publisher Publisher
Access Access
InfoPath
Lync
SharePoint Workspace

Project 2010 and Visio 2010 are available only as a single/individual product. Office Customization Tool (OCT) is available only on volume edition of Standard 2010 and Professional Plus 2010.

Notes:
* Available only in OEM installs (typically in new computers)
** Indicates availability only through volume licensing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Microsoft Office for Windows Advertisement". InfoWorld. November 19, 1990. p. 50. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Stuart J. (October 1, 1990). "Office for Windows Bundles Popular Microsoft Applications". InfoWorld. p. 16. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft ships updated Office for Windows". InfoWorld. March 4, 1991. p. 16. 
  4. ^ "The Microsoft Office for Windows 1.6 Advertisement". InfoWorld. July 8, 1991. pp. 18–19. 
  5. ^ Hoover, J. Nicholas (2009-03-02). "Microsoft Opens Office 14 Kimono, Slightly". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  6. ^ Microsoft to skip "unlucky" Office 13