Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is an Office suite for the set of inter-related desktop applications, servers and web services for both Windows and Mac OS X users. Some of the products include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and many more…

Microsoft Office first introduced in January 23, 1985 and the products contained in the Suite were Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Office PowerPoint. And the the features like Spell checker, OLE Objects, Microsoft Visual Basic product scripting languages etc. were added. Tthe latest release of Microsoft Office for Windows OS is Office 2013 released in October 2012, and for Mac OS X is Office 2011 released in October 2010.

Microsoft Office products:

Microsoft products for Office Suite are categorized to three main components. The components and the products are as listed below:

Desktop applications:

  • Microsoft Word: It is a word processor program used for preparing documents. In earlier versions, it used the proprietary DOC format to save the documents. From Word 2007 version, a new format called .DOCX was introduced, that could use the XML-based Microsoft Office-optimized format. Word is available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
  • Microsoft Excel: It is a spreadsheet program used for maintaining records. It includes calculation, pivot tables, graphing tools, and a macro programming language. It comes in separate editions for both Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint: It is presentation program, which can be used for creating slideshows, composing text, insert pictures, graphics and other objects. Mainly used in business enterprises for presenting their product details to others. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Microsoft Outlook: It is a personal information manager and email-communication software used by organization as an inbound email-client for managing their mails and other Outlook attributes like calendar, notes, taske etc.
  • Other Desktop applications (Only for Windows): Microsoft Access, Microsoft OneNote, Project, Publisher, Visio etc.

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Server applications

  • Microsoft SharePoint server: It is collaboration server and web application platform. It features many services like Excel Services, InfoPath Form services, Microsoft Search Server and Microsoft project server etc.
  • Microsoft Lync Server: It is an enterprise real-time communications server which provides a frame for instant messaging, ad hoc, audio and video conferencing etc.

Web Services

  • Office Web Apps: Web-based applications for Office applications to view, edit and creat the documents
  • Microsoft Update: Service provided by Microsoft to provide updates for Windows OS, and other Microsoft products including the Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 365: It is a subscription based service, that allow access to various services and products of Microsoft Office platform in addition to cloud-based services.


As and when newer technologies were introduced, Microsoft Office came up with new and updated versions to be compatible with the latest technology.

Office Versions for Windows:

Version Release Date Products released and their versions
Office 1.0 November 19, 1990 Word 1.1, Excel 2.0, PowerPoint 2.0
Office 1.6 July 8, 1991 Word 1.1, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.0, Mail 2.1
Office 3.0 August 30, 1992 CD-ROM version: Word 2.0c, PowerPoint 3.0, Excel 4.0a, Mail
Office 4.0 January 17, 1994 Word 6.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0
Office 4.3 July 2, 1994 Word 6.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Excel 5.0, Mail 3.2, Access 2.0.
Office for NT 4.2 October 12, 2005 Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 , PowerPoint 4.0 (16-bit), Microsoft Office Manager was introduced.
Office 95 (7.0) August 30, 1995 Word 7 was released for Windows 95
Office 97 (8.0) November 19, 1996 Word 97
Office 2000 (9.0) June 7, 1999 Word 2000
Office XP (10.0) May 31, 2001 Word 2002 for Windows XP
Office 2003 (11.0) November 17, 2003 Word 2003
Office 2007 (12.0) January 30, 2007 Word 2007 for Windows Vista
Office 2010 (14.0) June 15, 2010 First version to ship 32-bits and 16-bits
Office 2013 (15.0) January 29, 2013 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SkyDrive Pro, Visio, Project,InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler, Lync, OneNote, Publisher all names ends with 2013

Office Versions for Mac

Version Release Date Products released and their versions
Office 1 January 23, 1985 Word 1
Office 2 1992 Word 4
Office 3 1993 Word 5, Excel 4, PowerPoint 3 etc.
Office 4.2 1994 Word 6, PowerPoint 4, Excel 5 etc.
Office 98 March 15, 1998 Word,98, Excel 98, PowerPoint 98
Office 2001 October 11, 2000 Word 2001, Excel 2001, PowerPoint 2001 & Entourage 2001 (final release for Mac OS 9)
Office v.X November 19, 2001 Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X and Entourage X (final release to support Mac OS X)
Office 2004 February 12, 2004 Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004 and Entourage 2004
Office 2008 January 15, 2008 Word 2008, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage 2008( its first release, runs natively on both Intel and PPC without using emulation layer. also, it doesnot support VBA macros)
Office 2011 October 26, 2010 Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011, Outlook 2011 (First release can run only in Intel and supports VBA macros)


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