Microsoft Office 95

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Microsoft Office 95
Office 95 and 97 logo.svg
Clockwise from top-left: Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint 95 on Windows NT 4.0, with the Office Shortcut Bar
Clockwise from top-left: Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint 95 on Windows NT 4.0, with the Office Shortcut Bar
Initial releaseAugust 24, 1995; 25 years ago (1995-08-24)[1]
Final release
Operating systemWindows NT 3.51, Windows 95[3], Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98
Standard(s)OLE 2.0[4]
TypeOffice suite
LicenseProprietary commercial software Edit this on Wikidata

Microsoft Office 95, also known as Microsoft Office for Windows 95, is a version of Microsoft Office released on August 24, 1995,[5] along with Windows 95. It is the successor to Office 4.3 and is the first 32-bit version of Microsoft Office. While designed specifically for Windows 95, it also works on Windows NT 3.51, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 98. As it is 32-bit, it does not run on Windows 3.x or earlier versions of Windows. It is also not supported on Windows NT 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5, despite these operating systems being 32-bit.[3] Office 95 was succeeded by Office 97 on November 19, 1996. All support for Microsoft Office 95 ended on December 31, 2001, the same day as Windows 95.[6]


Microsoft Office 95 includes six applications: Word (a word processor), Excel (a spreadsheet), PowerPoint (a presentation program), Access (a database management system), Schedule+ (a time management app) and Binder (a program for binding the work of the mentioned apps together). The CD-ROM version also includes Microsoft Bookshelf.

True to its namesake, this suite is designed specifically for Windows 95. Previously, Microsoft had released Office 4.2 for Windows NT for several architectures,[7] which included 32‑bit Word 6.0 for Windows NT and Excel 5.0 for Windows NT,[8] but PowerPoint 4.0 was 16‑bit. With Office for Windows 95, all components in the suite were 32-bit. All the Office 95 programs are OLE 2-enabled, meaning that they allow interoperability between themselves, as well as all other applications that support this data interchange protocol. Binder used this protocol to bind OLE objects together.[4]

Office for Windows 95 bears version number 7.0 to match Word's version number. Other components also bear the same version numbers to show that they are contemporaries, although their predecessors were not version 6.0. The previous versions of components were Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Schedule+ 1.0 and Access 2.0. Binder was a new app at the time with no predecessor.

The Office 95 programs utilize a two-tone gradient in the title bar at the top of the window, gradually turning from black at the left side to dark blue at the right. At the time, this was unique to Office 95, no other program running under Windows 95 or Windows NT utilized gradient title bars. This feature was eventually incorporated into the shell of Windows 98 and later, which would allow customizable gradient colors and extend the feature to include dialog boxes as well.

Microsoft Excel contained an easter egg, a hidden Doom–like game called Hall of Tortured Souls crediting the application's writers.

Contemporaneous components[edit]

Several additional programs were "compatible with Microsoft Office 95":

Other contemporaneous Microsoft products were:


Computer icons of the components Microsoft Office 95 Pro: From left to right, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Schedule+ and Binder

Office 95 was available in two versions. They contained the following applications:[10]

Comparison of Office 95 editions
Application Standard Edition Professional Edition
Word[11] Yes Yes
Excel[12] Yes Yes
PowerPoint[13] Yes Yes
Schedule+[14] Yes Yes
Binder[15] Yes Yes
Access[16] No Yes
Bookshelf[17] No On CD-ROM version only


There were no downloadable service packs or service releases for Office for Windows 95. Instead, two updated versions, 7.0a[18] and 7.0b[2] were released to fix bugs in the application (the only difference between 7.0a and 7.0b was a fix for a screen redraw problem in PowerPoint). The updates could be ordered from Microsoft Support. A downloadable update was released in 1999 to address minor year 2000 problems.[19]


Versions 3.0 and 3.5 of the Microsoft Jet database engine, used by Access for Windows 95 (Access 7.0) and the later released Access 97 respectively, had a critical issue which made these versions of Access unusable on a computer with more than 1 GB of memory.[20] While this problem was fixed for Jet 3.5/Access 97, it was never fixed for Jet 3.0 or Access 95.

System requirements[edit]

Microsoft Office 95 requires a 386DX or higher CPU, and either Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51. It also requires 8 MB of RAM for typical use. Regarding hard disk space, compact installations require 28 MB, "typical" installations require 55 MB, and full installations require 88 MB.[3]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Office 95 And Windows 95 Scheduled To Be Available Simultaneously". PR Newswire. Cision. July 10, 1995. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2019 – via The Free Dictionary.
  2. ^ a b "OFF95: Summary List of Fixed Bugs in Microsoft Office Version 7.0b (Revision 1.3)". Support. Microsoft. July 18, 2007. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Microsoft Office 95 (v. 7.0) - box pack - 1 user". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Solomon, Christine (1996). Developing applications with Microsoft Office 95. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press. ISBN 9781556158988.
  5. ^ Zisman, Alan (October 1995). "This Suite smells of success: MS Office 95 review of new features". Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Office Products Support Lifecycle FAQ". Support. Microsoft. April 1, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Microsoft readies supporting versions of Microsoft Excel and Word for Windows NT The PowerPC". Farlex. PR Newswire. June 12, 1995. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Microsoft announced Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 for Windows NT Workstation". Farlex. PR Newswire. September 19, 1994. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Microsoft Announces Small Business Financial Manager". Stories. February 6, 1996. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Microsoft Press, Issue #3 1997, sales catalogue Part No. 098-69985
  11. ^ Microsoft Word for Windows 95 - Step by step. ISBN 1-55615-828-9.
  12. ^ Microsoft Excel for Windows 95 - Step by step. ISBN 1-55615-825-4.
  13. ^ Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 95 - Step by step. ISBN 1-55615-829-7.
  14. ^ "TOC - 10 Minute Guide to Schedule+ for Windows 95". June 21, 2002. Archived from the original on June 21, 2002. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
  15. ^ "Description of Office Binder support with Office 2003 and Office XP products". Support. Microsoft. February 5, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  16. ^ Running Microsoft Access for Windows 95. ISBN 1-55615-886-6.
  17. ^ Microsoft Bookshelf for Windows 95. Microsoft Press. August 1995. ISBN 978-1-57231-159-6.
  18. ^ "List of Fixed Bugs in Word 7.0a for Windows 95 (Revision 1.1)". Microsoft Support. Microsoft. August 31, 2005. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  19. ^ Luening, Erich (March 17, 1997). "Microsoft offers Y2K patch for Office 95". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  20. ^ ""Out of memory" error starting Microsoft Access". Support (5.1 ed.). Microsoft. January 19, 2007. Archived from the original on August 25, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2019.