Microsoft Office 95
|Initial release||August 24, 1995|
7.0b / October 7, 1999
|Operating system||Windows NT 3.51 or later|
|Predecessor||Microsoft Office 4.2 (1994)|
|Successor||Microsoft Office 97 (1996)|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
Microsoft Office 95 (version 7.0), also known as Microsoft Office for Windows 95, was a major release of Microsoft Office released on August 24, 1995, along with Windows 95. It was the successor to Office 4.3 and was the first 32-bit version of Microsoft Office. While designed specifically for Windows 95, it was compatible with Windows NT 3.51, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 98. As it was 32-bit, it did not run on Windows 3.x or earlier versions of Windows. It was also not officially supported on Windows NT 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5. Office 95 was succeeded by Office 97 on November 19, 1996. Support for Microsoft Office 95 ended on December 31, 2001, the same day as Windows 95. It is the last version of Microsoft Office to support all Windows NT 3.51 versions except SP5; as the following version, Microsoft Office 97 will only support Windows NT 3.51 SP5 or later. 
Microsoft Office 95 included 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 included Microsoft Bookshelf.
True to its namesake, this suite was designed specifically for Windows 95. Previously, Microsoft had released Office 4.2 for Windows NT for several architectures, which included 32‑bit Word 6.0 for Windows NT and Excel 5.0 for Windows NT, 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 were OLE 2-enabled, meaning that they allowed interoperability between themselves, as well as all other applications that support this data interchange protocol. Binder used this protocol to bind OLE objects together.
Office for Windows 95 moved the version number of its applications to 7.0 to match Word's version number. Other components also bore the same version numbers to show that they were 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 utilized 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.
Several additional programs were marketed as "compatible with Microsoft Office 95":
- Microsoft Project for Windows 95 (Version 4.1a)
- Microsoft Publisher for Windows 95 (Version 3.0)
- Microsoft FrontPage 1.1
- Office Small Business Pack for Office 95
- Small Business Financial Manager for Excel
Other contemporaneous Microsoft products were:
Office 95 was available in two versions. They contained the following applications:
|Application||Standard Edition||Professional Edition|
|Bookshelf||No||On CD-ROM version only|
Two updated versions, 7.0a and 7.0b were released to fix bugs in the applications, including 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 issues related to the Year 2000 problem.
Versions 3.0 and 3.5 of the 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. While this problem was fixed for Jet 3.5/Access 97, it was never fixed for Jet 3.0 or Access 95.
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.
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