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MICROSOFT OFFICE is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft
Microsoft
. It was first announced by Bill Gates on 1 August 1988, at COMDEX in Las Vegas. Initially a marketing term for a bundled set of applications, the first version of Office contained Microsoft Word , Microsoft Excel , and Microsoft
Microsoft
PowerPoint . Over the years, Office applications have grown substantially closer with shared features such as a common spell checker, OLE data integration and Visual Basic for Applications scripting language. Microsoft
Microsoft
also positions Office as a development platform for line-of-business software under the Office Business Applications brand. On 10 July 2012, Softpedia reported that Office is used by over a billion people worldwide.

Office is produced in several versions targeted towards different end-users and computing environments. The original, and most widely used version, is the desktop version, available for PCs running the Windows
Windows
and macOS operating systems . The most current desktop version is Office 2016 for Windows
Windows
and macOS, released on 22 September 2015 and 9 July 2015, respectively.

More recently, Microsoft
Microsoft
developed Office Mobile , which are free-to-use versions of Office applications for mobile devices . Microsoft
Microsoft
also produces and runs Office Online , a web-based version of core Office apps, which is included as part of a Microsoft
Microsoft
account .

CONTENTS

* 1 Components

* 1.1 Desktop apps * 1.2 Mobile apps * 1.3 Server applications * 1.4 Web services

* 2 Office Mobile * 3 Common features * 4 File
File
formats and metadata * 5 Extensibility * 6 Password protection

* 7 Versions

* 7.1 Licensing

* 8 Discontinued applications and features

* 8.1 Discontinued server applications * 8.2 Discontinued web services

* 9 Criticism

* 10 Version history

* 10.1 Windows
Windows
versions

* 10.1.1 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Windows
Windows
* 10.1.2 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 3.0 * 10.1.3 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.x * 10.1.4 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 95 and 97 * 10.1.5 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2000 to 2003 * 10.1.6 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2007 * 10.1.7 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2010 * 10.1.8 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2013 * 10.1.9 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016

* 10.2 Mac versions

* 10.2.1 Early Office for Mac releases (1989–1994) * 10.2.2 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 98 Macintosh
Macintosh
Edition * 10.2.3 Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2001 and v. X * 10.2.4 Office 2004 * 10.2.5 Office 2008 * 10.2.6 Office 2011 * 10.2.7 OneNote and Outlook release (2014) * 10.2.8 Office 2016

* 11 Timeline of releases * 12 References * 13 External links

COMPONENTS

DESKTOP APPS

Unless stated otherwise, desktop apps are available for Windows
Windows
and macOS.

* MICROSOFT WORD : a word processor included in Microsoft
Microsoft
Office and some editions of the now-discontinued Microsoft
Microsoft
Works . The first version of Word, released in the autumn of 1983, was for the MS-DOS operating system and had the distinction of introducing the mouse to a broad population. Word 1.0 could be purchased with a bundled mouse, though none was required. Following the precedents of LisaWrite and MacWrite , Word for Macintosh
Macintosh
attempted to add closer WYSIWYG features into its package. Word for Mac was released in 1985. Word for Mac was the first graphical version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Word. Initially, it implemented the proprietary doc format as its primary format. Word 2007, however, deprecated this format in favor of Office Open XML , which was later standardized by Ecma International as an open format . Support for Portable Document Format (PDF) and OpenDocument (ODF) was first introduced in Word for Windows
Windows
with Service Pack 2 for Word 2007. * MICROSOFT EXCEL : a spreadsheet that originally competed with the dominant Lotus 1-2-3 , and eventually outsold it. Microsoft
Microsoft
released the first version of Excel for the Mac OS in 1985, and the first Windows
Windows
version (numbered 2.05 to line up with the Mac) in November 1987. * MICROSOFT POWERPOINT : a presentation program used to create slideshows composed of text, graphics, and other objects, which can be displayed on-screen and shown by the presenter or printed out on transparencies or slides . * MICROSOFT ACCESS : a database management system for Windows
Windows
that combines the relational Microsoft
Microsoft
Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software development tools. Microsoft
Microsoft
Access stores data in its own format based on the Access Jet Database Engine. It can also import or link directly to data stored in other applications and databases. * MICROSOFT OUTLOOK (not to be confused with Outlook Express , Outlook.com
Outlook.com
or Outlook on the web ): a personal information manager that replaces Windows Messaging , Microsoft
Microsoft
Mail , and Schedule+ starting in Office 97, it includes an e-mail client, calendar, task manager and address book. On the Mac OS, Microsoft
Microsoft
offered several versions of Outlook in the late 1990s, but only for use with Microsoft Exchange Server . In Office 2001, it introduced an alternative application with a slightly different feature set called Microsoft Entourage . It reintroduced Outlook in Office 2011, replacing Entourage. * MICROSOFT ONENOTE : a notetaking program that gathers handwritten or typed notes, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network. OneNote was initially introduced as a standalone app that was not included in any of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2003 editions. However, OneNote eventually became a core component of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office; with the release of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2013 , OneNote was included in all Microsoft
Microsoft
Office offerings. OneNote is also available as a web app on Office Online , a freemium Windows
Windows
desktop app, a mobile app for Windows Phone , iOS , Android , and Symbian , and a Metro-style app for Windows 8
Windows 8
or later. * MICROSOFT PUBLISHER : a desktop publishing app for Windows
Windows
mostly used for designing brochures, labels, calendars, greeting cards, business cards, newsletters, web site, and postcards * SKYPE FOR BUSINESS : an integrated communications client for conferences and meetings in real time, it is the only Microsoft
Microsoft
Office desktop app that is neither useful without a proper network infrastructure nor has the "Microsoft" prefix in its name. * MICROSOFT PROJECT : a project management app for Windows
Windows
to keep track of events and to create network charts and Gantt charts , not bundled in any Office suite * MICROSOFT VISIO : a diagram and flowcharting app for Windows
Windows
not bundled in any Office suite

MOBILE APPS

* OFFICE LENS : An image scanner optimized for mobile devices . It captures the document (e.g. business card, paper, whiteboard) via the camera and then straightens the document portion of the image. The result can be exported to Word, OneNote, PowerPoint or Outlook, or saved in OneDrive, sent via Mail or placed in Photo Library . * OFFICE REMOTE : Turns the mobile device into a remote control for desktop versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

SERVER APPLICATIONS

* MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT : collaboration server

* Excel Services * InfoPath Forms Services * Microsoft
Microsoft
Project Server : project management server * Microsoft
Microsoft
Search Server

* SKYPE FOR BUSINESS SERVER : a real-time communications server for instant messaging and video-conferencing

WEB SERVICES

* MICROSOFT OFFICE ONLINE

* WORD ONLINE: Free web app version of Microsoft Word * EXCEL ONLINE: Free web app version of Microsoft Excel * POWERPOINT ONLINE: Free web app version of Microsoft PowerPoint * ONENOTE ONLINE: Free web app version of Microsoft
Microsoft
OneNote * OUTLOOK.COM : Free webmail with a user interface similar to Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook
and Mail on Windows 10 * DOCS.COM : A public document sharing service where Office users can upload and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway and PDF
PDF
files for the whole world to discover and use * ONEDRIVE : A file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device. * OFFICE SWAY : A presentation web app released in October 2014. It also has a native app for iOS and Windows 10 .

* DELVE : Allows Office 365 users to search and manage their emails, meetings, contacts, social networks and documents stored on OneDrive
OneDrive
or Sites in Office 365. * OFFICE FORMS : An online survey creator , available for Office 365 Education subscribers * OUTLOOK ON THE WEB : Similar to Outlook.com
Outlook.com
but more comprehensive and available only through Office 365 and Microsoft
Microsoft
Exchange Server offerings. * MICROSOFT PLANNER : A planning application available on the Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 365 platform. * OFFICE 365 VIDEO : A video sharing service for enterprise users with an Office 365 Academic or Enterprise license

OFFICE MOBILE

Main article: Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Mobile

Office Mobile includes the scaled-down and touch-optimised versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Other Office applications such as OneNote, Lync and Outlook are available as standalone apps. It is supported on Android , iOS , Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile .

Office Mobile enables users to save and access documents on OneDrive , OneDrive
OneDrive
for Business, and SharePoint . Additionally, the Windows Phone version also allows users to save files locally on the device. According to Microsoft, Office Mobile for iPhone and Android are "very similar" to each other, whereas the Windows Phone version provides a "richer, more integrated experience".

Office Mobile for iPhone was released on 14 June 2013 in the United States. Support for 135 markets and 27 languages was rolled out over a few days. It requires iOS 8 or later. Although the app also works on iPad devices, excluding the first generation, it is designed for a small screen. Office Mobile was released for Android phones on 31 July 2013 in the United States. Support for 117 markets and 33 languages was added gradually over several weeks. It is supported on Android 4.0 and later. Office Mobile for both iPhone and Android, available for free from the App Store and Google
Google
Play Store respectively, initially required a qualifying Office 365 subscription to activate, but in March 2014, with the release of Office for iPad, the apps were updated making them fully free for home use, although a subscription is still required for business use.

On 27 March 2014, Microsoft
Microsoft
released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad . On 6 November 2014, Microsoft
Microsoft
released updated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPhone .

On 29 January 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
released Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. On 24 June 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
released updated versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint for Android phones. The Android version is also supported on certain Chrome OS
Chrome OS
machines.

In January 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
unveiled updated universal app versions of the Office applications for Windows 10 devices—including PCs, tablets and smartphones—that are based upon the previously released Android and iOS apps.

Office Mobile is or was also available, though no longer supported, on Windows Mobile , Windows Phone and Symbian . There is also Office RT , a touch-optimized version of the standard desktop Office suite, pre-installed on Windows RT .

COMMON FEATURES

Most versions of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office (including Office 97 and later) use their own widget set and do not exactly match the native operating system. This is most apparent in Microsoft
Microsoft
Office XP and 2003, where the standard menus were replaced with a colored, flat-looking, shadowed menu style. The user interface of a particular version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office often heavily influences a subsequent version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows. For example, the toolbar , colored buttons and the gray-colored 3D look of Office 4.3 were added to Windows
Windows
95, and the ribbon , introduced in Office 2007, has been incorporated into several programs bundled with Windows
Windows
7 and later. In 2012, Office 2013 replicated the flat, box-like design of Windows 8
Windows 8
.

Users of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office may access external data via connection-specifications saved in Office Data Connection (.odc) files.

Both Windows
Windows
and Office use service packs to update software. Office had non-cumulative service releases , which were discontinued after Office 2000 Service Release 1.

Past versions of Office often contained Easter eggs . For example, Excel 97 contained a reasonably functional flight-simulator. Office XP and later do not have any Easter eggs, in compliance with Trustworthy Computing guidelines.

FILE FORMATS AND METADATA

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office prior to Office 2007 used proprietary file formats based on the OLE Compound File
File
Binary Format . This forced users who share data to adopt the same software platform. In 2008, Microsoft made the entire documentation for the binary Office formats freely available for download and granted any possible patents rights for use or implementations of those binary format for free under the Open Specification Promise . Previously, Microsoft
Microsoft
had supplied such documentation freely but only on request.

Starting with Office 2007, the default file format has been a version of Office Open XML, though different than the one standardized and published by Ecma International and by ISO /IEC . Microsoft
Microsoft
has granted patent rights to the formats technology under the Open Specification Promise and has made available free downloadable converters for previous versions of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office including Office 2003, Office XP, Office 2000 and Office 2004 for Mac OS X. Third-party implementations of Office Open XML exist on the Windows platform ( LibreOffice
LibreOffice
, all platforms), macOS platform (iWork '08, LibreOffice
LibreOffice
) and Linux
Linux
( LibreOffice
LibreOffice
and OpenOffice.org 3.0). In addition, Office 2010 and Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 supports the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for opening and saving documents on Windows ( Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Mac has never included ODF support).

Microsoft
Microsoft
provides the ability to remove metadata from Office documents. This was in response to highly publicized incidents where sensitive data about a document was leaked via its metadata. Metadata removal was first available in 2004, when Microsoft
Microsoft
released a tool called Remove Hidden Data Add-in for Office 2003/XP for this purpose. It was directly integrated into Office 2007 in a feature called the Document Inspector.

EXTENSIBILITY

A major feature of the Office suite is the ability for users and third party companies to write add-ins (plug-ins ) that extend the capabilities of an application by adding custom commands and specialized features. One of the new features is the Office Store. Plugins and other tools can be downloaded by users. Developers can make money by selling their applications in the Office Store. The revenue is divided between the developer and Microsoft
Microsoft
where the developer gets 80% of the money. Developers are able to share applications with all Office users.

The app travels with the document, and it is for the developer to decide what the recipient will see when they open it. The recipient will either have the option to download the app from the Office Store for free, start a free trial or be directed to payment. With Office's cloud abilities, IT department can create a set of apps for their business employees in order to increase their productivity. When employees go to the Office Store, they'll see their company's apps under My Organization. The apps that employees have personally downloaded will appear under My Apps. Developers can use web technologies like HTML5 , XML
XML
, CSS3
CSS3
, JavaScript
JavaScript
, and APIs for building the apps. An application for Office is a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application. User can use apps to amplify the functionality of a document, email message, meeting request, or appointment. Apps can run in multiple environments and by multiple clients, including rich Office desktop clients, Office Web Apps, mobile browsers, and also on-premises and in the cloud. The type of add-ins supported differ by Office versions:

* Office 97 onwards (standard Windows
Windows
DLLs i.e. Word WLLs and Excel XLLs) * Office 2000 onwards (COM add-ins) * Office XP onwards (COM/ OLE Automation add-ins) * Office 2003 onwards (Managed code add-ins – VSTO solutions )

PASSWORD PROTECTION

Main article: Microsoft
Microsoft
Office password protection

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office has a security feature that allows users to encrypt Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Skype Business) documents with a user-provided password. The password can contain up to 255 characters and uses AES 128-bit advanced encryption by default. Passwords can also be used to restrict modification of the entire document, worksheet or presentation. Due to lack of document encryption, though, these passwords can be removed using a third-party cracking software.

VERSIONS

All versions Microsoft
Microsoft
Office products before Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016 are eligible for ten years of support following their release, during which Microsoft
Microsoft
releases security updates for the product version and provides paid technical support. The ten-year period is divided into two five-years phases: The mainstream phase and the extended phase. During the mainstream phase, Microsoft
Microsoft
may provide limited complimentary technical support and release non-security updates or change the design of the product. During the extended phase, said services stop.

Starting with Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016, Microsoft
Microsoft
has moved to a so-called "Modern Lifecycle Policy" that requires the consumer to stay current to stay supported.

Microsoft
Microsoft
supports Office for the Windows
Windows
and macOS platforms, as well as mobile versions for Windows
Windows
Phone, Android and iOS platforms. Beginning with Mac Office 4.2, the macOS and Windows
Windows
versions of Office share the same file format, and are interoperable . Visual Basic for Applications support was dropped in Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2008 for Mac, then reintroduced in Office for Mac 2011.

Microsoft
Microsoft
tried in the mid-1990s to port Office to RISC processors such as NEC
NEC
/MIPS and IBM
IBM
/ PowerPC , but they met problems such as memory access being hampered by data structure alignment requirements. Microsoft Word 97 and Excel 97 however did ship for the DEC Alpha platform. Difficulties in porting Office may have been a factor in discontinuing Windows NT on non-Intel platforms.

Stuart Cohen, CEO of Open Source Development Labs, conjectured in 2006 that Microsoft
Microsoft
would eventually release a Linux
Linux
port of Office, which occurred via Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Mobile for Android phones (OS 4.0 or later) in 2013 and tablets (OS 4.4 or later) in 2015. Office is also available for iOS , another Unix-like platform. Office for Windows Phone and the older Windows Mobile are distinguished from Windows NT versions.

LICENSING

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office is licensed through retail, volume licensing and software as a service channels. Volume licensing includes OEM
OEM
licenses for bundling Microsoft
Microsoft
Office with personal computers and Microsoft Software Assurance . The software as a service channel is called Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 365 which was started on 28 June 2011.

In addition to supporting retail sales and site-wide installations, Microsoft
Microsoft
offers a "Home Use Program" (HUP) permitting employees of a participating organization access to home-use Microsoft
Microsoft
Office products.

Post-secondary students may obtain the University edition of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 365 subscription. (Despite the name, college students are also eligible.) It is limited to one user and two devices, plus the subscription price is valid for four years instead of just one. Apart from this, the University edition is identical in features to the Home Premium version. This marks the first time Microsoft
Microsoft
does not offer physical or permanent software at academic pricing, in contrast to the University versions of Office 2010 and Office 2011 . In addition, students eligible for DreamSpark program may receive select standalone Microsoft
Microsoft
Office apps free of charge.

DISCONTINUED APPLICATIONS AND FEATURES

* Microsoft
Microsoft
Binder : Incorporates several documents into one file and was originally designed as a container system for storing related documents in a single file. The complexity of use and learning curve led to little usage, and it was discontinued after Office XP. * Microsoft
Microsoft
FrontPage : a WYSIWYG HTML editor and website administration tool for Windows. It was branded as part of the Microsoft
Microsoft
Office suite from 1997 to 2003. FrontPage was discontinued in December 2006 and replaced by Microsoft
Microsoft
SharePoint Designer and Microsoft
Microsoft
Expression Web . * Microsoft
Microsoft
InfoPath : Windows
Windows
application for designing and distributing rich XML
XML
-based forms. Last version was included in Office 2013. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Mail : Mail client (in old versions of Office, later replaced by Microsoft
Microsoft
Schedule Plus and subsequently Microsoft
Microsoft
Outlook ). * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Accounting * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Document Image Writer: a virtual printer that takes documents from Microsoft
Microsoft
Office or any other application and prints them, or stores them in an image file as TIFF or Microsoft Document Imaging Format format. It was discontinued with Office 2010. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Document Imaging : an application that supports editing scanned documents. Discontinued with Office 2010. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Document Scanning : a scanning and OCR application. Discontinued with Office 2010. * Microsoft
Microsoft
PhotoDraw 2000 : A graphics program that was first released as part of the Office 2000 Premium Edition. A later version for Windows XP
Windows XP
compatibility was released, known as PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2. Microsoft
Microsoft
discontinued the program in 2001. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Photo Editor : Photo-editing/raster-graphics software in older Office versions up to Office XP. It was supplemented by Microsoft
Microsoft
PhotoDraw in Office 2000 Premium edition. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Schedule Plus : Released with Office 95. It featured a planner, to-do list, and contact information. Its functions were incorporated into Microsoft
Microsoft
Outlook. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Virtual PC : Included with Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Professional Edition 2004 for Mac. Microsoft
Microsoft
discontinued support for Virtual PC on the Mac in 2006 owing to new Macs possessing the same Intel architecture as Windows
Windows
PCs. It emulated a standard PC and its hardware. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Vizact 2000 : A program that "activated" documents using HTML, adding effects such as animation. It allows users to create dynamic documents for the Web. Development has ended due to unpopularity. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Data Analyzer 2002: A business intelligence program for graphical visualization of data and its analysis. * Office Assistant , included since Office 97 (Windows) and Office 98 (Mac) as a part of Microsoft
Microsoft
Agent technology, is a system that uses animated characters to offer context-sensitive suggestions to users and access to the help system . The Assistant is often dubbed "Clippy" or "Clippit", due to its default to a paper clip character, coded as CLIPPIT.ACS. The latest versions that include the Office Assistant were Office 2003 (Windows) and Office 2004 (Mac). * Microsoft
Microsoft
SharePoint Workspace (formerly known as Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Groove): a proprietary peer-to-peer document collaboration software designed for teams with members who are regularly offline or who do not share the same network security clearance. * Microsoft
Microsoft
SharePoint Designer : Initially a WYSIWYG HTML editor and website administration tool, Microsoft
Microsoft
attempted to turn it into a specialized HTML editor for SharePoint sites, failed and discontinued it. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office InterConnect : business-relationship database available only in Japan * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Picture Manager : basic photo management software (similar to Google
Google
's Picasa or Adobe 's Photoshop Elements ), replaced Microsoft
Microsoft
Photo Editor * Microsoft
Microsoft
Entourage : An Outlook counterpart on macOS, Microsoft discontinued it in favor of extending the Outlook brand name.

DISCONTINUED SERVER APPLICATIONS

* Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Forms Server : Lets users use any browser to access and fill InfoPath forms. Office Forms Server is a standalone server installation of InfoPath Forms Services. * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Groove Server : Centrally managing all deployments of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Groove in the enterprise * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Project Portfolio Server : Allows creation of a project portfolio, including workflows, hosted centrally * Microsoft
Microsoft
Office PerformancePoint Server : Allows customers to monitor, analyze, and plan their business

DISCONTINUED WEB SERVICES

* Office Live

* Office Live Small Business: Web hosting services and online collaboration tools for small businesses * Office Live Workspace: Online storage and collaboration service for documents, superseded by Office Online

* Office Live Meeting : Web conferencing service

CRITICISM

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office has been criticized in the past for using proprietary file formats rather than open standards , which forces users who share data into adopting the same software platform. However, on February 15, 2008, Microsoft
Microsoft
made the entire documentation for the binary Office formats freely available under the Open Specification Promise . Also, Office Open XML , the document format for the latest versions of Office for Windows
Windows
and Mac, has been standardized under both Ecma International and ISO . Ecma International has published the Office Open XML specification free of copyrights and Microsoft
Microsoft
has granted patent rights to the formats technology under the Open Specification Promise and has made available free downloadable converters for previous versions of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office including Office 2003, Office XP, Office 2000 and Office 2004 for the Mac . Third-party implementations of Office Open XML
XML
exist on the Mac platform (iWork 08) and Linux
Linux
( OpenOffice.org 2.3 - Novell Edition only).

Another point of criticism Microsoft
Microsoft
Office has faced was the lack of support in its Mac versions for Unicode
Unicode
and Bi-directional text languages, notably Arabic and Hebrew . This issue, which had existed since the first release in 1989, was only addressed in the 2016 version.

VERSION HISTORY

Main article: History of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office

WINDOWS VERSIONS

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.0, inside Windows 3.1

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office For Windows

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Windows
Windows
started in October 1990 as a bundle of three applications designed for Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows
Windows
3.0: Microsoft
Microsoft
Word for Windows
Windows
1.1, Microsoft Excel for Windows
Windows
2.0, and Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows
Windows
2.0.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Windows
Windows
1.5 updated the suite with Microsoft Excel 3.0.

Version 1.6 added Microsoft
Microsoft
Mail for PC Networks 2.1 to the bundle.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 3.0

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 3.0 , also called Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 92, was released on 30 August 1992 and contained Word 2.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail 3.0. It was the first version of Office also released on CD-ROM. In 1993, THE MICROSOFT OFFICE PROFESSIONAL was released, which added Microsoft
Microsoft
Access 1.1.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.x

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.0 was released containing Word 6.0, Excel 4.0a, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail in 1993. Word's version number jumped from 2.0 to 6.0 so that it would have the same version number as the MS-DOS and Macintosh
Macintosh
versions (Excel and PowerPoint were already numbered the same as the Macintosh
Macintosh
versions).

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.2 for Windows NT was released in 1994 for i386, Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC architectures, containing Word 6.0 and Excel 5.0 (both 32-bit, PowerPoint 4.0 (16-bit), and Microsoft
Microsoft
Office Manager 4.2 (the precursor to the Office Shortcut Bar)).

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 95 And 97

MICROSOFT OFFICE 95 was released on 24 August 1995. Software version numbers were altered again to create parity across the suite—every program was called version 7.0 meaning all but Word missed out versions. It was designed as a fully 32-bit version to match Windows 95 . Office 95 was available in two versions, Office 95 Standard and Office 95 Professional. The standard version consisted of Word 7.0, Excel 7.0, PowerPoint 7.0, and Schedule+ 7.0. The professional edition contained all of the items in the standard version plus Microsoft Access 7.0. If the professional version was purchased in CD-ROM form, it also included Bookshelf .

The logo used in Office 95 returns in Office 97, 2000 and XP. Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 98 Macintosh
Macintosh
Edition also uses a similar logo.

MICROSOFT OFFICE 97 (Office 8.0) included hundreds of new features and improvements, such as introducing command bars, a paradigm in which menus and toolbars were made more similar in capability and visual design. Office 97 also featured Natural Language Systems and grammar checking. Office 97 was the first version of Office to include the Office Assistant. In Brazil, it was also the first version to introduce the Registration Wizard, a precursor to Microsoft
Microsoft
Product Activation .

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2000 To 2003

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2000 (Office 9.0) introduced adaptive menus, where little-used options were hidden from the user. It also introduced a new security feature, built around digital signatures , to diminish the threat of macro viruses. Office 2000 automatically trusts macros (written in VBA 6) that were digitally signed from authors who have been previously designated as trusted. The Registration Wizard, a precursor to Microsoft
Microsoft
Product Activation , remained in Brazil and was also extended to Australia and New Zealand, though not for volume-licensed editions. Academic software in the United States and Canada also featured the Registration Wizard.

MICROSOFT OFFICE XP (Office 10.0 or Office 2002) was released in conjunction with Windows XP
Windows XP
, and was a major upgrade with numerous enhancements and changes over Office 2000. Office XP introduced the Safe Mode feature, which allows applications such as Outlook to boot when it might otherwise fail by bypassing a corrupted registry or a faulty add-in. Smart tag is a technology introduced with Office XP in Word and Excel and discontinued in Office 2010. Office XP includes integrated voice command and text dictation capabilities, as well as handwriting recognition . It was the first version to require Microsoft
Microsoft
Product Activation worldwide and in all editions as an anti-piracy measure, which attracted widespread controversy. Product Activation remained absent from Office for Mac releases until it was introduced in Office 2011 for Mac .

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003 (Office 11.0) was released in 2003. It featured a new logo. Two new applications made their debut in Office 2003: Microsoft
Microsoft
InfoPath and OneNote . It is the first version to use new, more colorful icons. Outlook 2003 provides improved functionality in many areas, including Kerberos authentication, RPC over HTTP, Cached Exchange Mode, and an improved junk mail filter.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2007

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 (Office 12.0) was released in 2007. Office 2007's new features include a new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface, replacing the menus and toolbars that have been the cornerstone of Office since its inception with a tabbed toolbar , known as the Ribbon ; new XML-based file formats called Office Open XML; and the inclusion of Groove , a collaborative software application.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2010

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 (Office 14.0, because Microsoft
Microsoft
skipped 13.0 ) was finalized on 15 April 2010 and made available to consumers on 15 June 2010. The main features of Office 2010 include the backstage file menu, new collaboration tools, a customizable ribbon, protected view and a navigation panel. This is the first version to ship in 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2010 featured a new logo, which resembled the 2007 logo, except in gold, and with a modification in shape.

Microsoft
Microsoft
released Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 on 28 June 2011.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2013

A technical preview of Office 2013 (Build 15.0.3612.1010) was released on 30 January 2012, and a Customer Preview version was made available to consumers on 16 July 2012. It sports a revamped application interface; the interface is based on Metro , the interface of Windows Phone and Windows 8
Windows 8
. Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook
has received the most pronounced changes so far; for example, the Metro interface provides a new visualization for scheduled tasks. PowerPoint includes more templates and transition effects, and OneNote includes a new splash screen. On 16 May 2011, new images of Office 15 were revealed, showing Excel with a tool for filtering data in a timeline, the ability to convert Roman numerals to Arabic numerals, and the integration of advanced trigonometric functions. In Word, the capability of inserting video and audio online as well as the broadcasting of documents on the Web were implemented. Microsoft
Microsoft
has promised support for Office Open XML Strict starting with version 15, a format Microsoft
Microsoft
has submitted to the ISO for interoperability with other office suites, and to aid adoption in the public sector. This version can read and write ODF 1.2 ( Windows
Windows
only).

On 24 October 2012, Office 2013 Professional Plus was released to manufacturing and was made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers for download. On 15 November 2012, the 60-day trial version was released for public download.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016

Main article: Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016

On 22 January 2015, the Microsoft
Microsoft
Office blog announced that the next version of the suite for Windows
Windows
desktop, Office 2016, was in development. On 4 May 2015, a public preview of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016 was released. Office 2016 was released for OS X on 9 July 2015 and for Windows
Windows
on 22 September 2015.

MAC VERSIONS

Prior to packaging its various office-type Mac OS software applications into Office, Microsoft
Microsoft
released Mac versions of Word 1.0 in 1984, the first year of the Macintosh
Macintosh
computer; Excel 1.0 in 1985; and PowerPoint 1.0 in 1987. Microsoft
Microsoft
does not include its Access database application in Office for Mac.

Microsoft
Microsoft
has noted that some features are added to Office for Mac before they appear in Windows
Windows
versions, such as Office for Mac 2001's Office Project Gallery and PowerPoint Movie feature, which allows users to save presentations as QuickTime movies. However, Microsoft Office for Mac has been long criticized for its lack of support of Unicode
Unicode
and for its lack of support for right-to-left languages, notably Arabic , Hebrew and Persian .

Early Office For Mac Releases (1989–1994)

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Mac was introduced for Mac OS in 1989, before Office was released for Windows. It included Word 4.0, Excel 2.2, PowerPoint 2.01, and Mail 1.37. It was originally a limited-time promotion but later became a regular product. With the release of Office on CD-ROM later that year, Microsoft
Microsoft
became the first major Mac publisher to put its applications on CD-ROM.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 1.5 for Mac was released in 1991 and included the updated Excel 3.0, the first application to support Apple’s System 7 operating system .

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 3.0 for Mac was released in 1992 and included Word 5.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0 and Mail Client. Excel 4.0 was the first application to support new AppleScript
AppleScript
.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 4.2 for Mac was released in 1994. (Version 4.0 was skipped to synchronize version numbers with Office for Windows) Version 4.2 included Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0 and Mail 3.2. It was the first Office suite for Power Macintosh
Macintosh
. Its user interface was identical to Office 4.2 for Windows
Windows
leading many customers to comment that it wasn't Mac-like enough. The final release for Mac 68K was Office 4.2.1, which updated Word to version 6.0.1, somewhat improving performance.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 98 Macintosh
Macintosh
Edition

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 98 Macintosh
Macintosh
Edition was unveiled at MacWorld Expo/San Francisco in 1998. It introduced the Internet Explorer 4.0 web browser and Outlook Express , an Internet e-mail client and usenet newsgroup reader. Office 98 was re-engineered by Microsoft's Macintosh
Macintosh
Business Unit to satisfy customers' desire for software they felt was more Mac-like. It included drag–and-drop installation, self-repairing applications and Quick Thesaurus
Thesaurus
, before such features were available in Office for Windows. It also was the first version to support QuickTime movies.

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Microsoft
Office 2001 And V. X

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office v. X box art

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2001 was launched in 2000 as the last Office suite for the classic Mac OS . It required a PowerPC processor. This version introduced Entourage, an e-mail client that included information management tools such as a calendar, an address book, task lists and notes.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office v. X was released in 2001 and was the first version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Mac OS X . Support for Office v. X ended on 9 January 2007 after the release of the final update, 10.1.9 Office v.X includes Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X, Entourage X, MSN
MSN
Messenger for Mac and Windows Media Player 9 for Mac ; it was the last version of Office for Mac to include Internet Explorer for Mac .

Office 2004

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2004 for Mac was released on 11 May 2004. It includes Microsoft
Microsoft
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage and Virtual PC . It is the final version of Office to be built exclusively for PowerPC and to officially support G3 processors, as its sequel lists a G4 , G5 or Intel processor as a requirement. It was notable for supporting Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), which is unavailable in Office 2008. This led Microsoft
Microsoft
to extend support for Office 2004 from September 10, 2009 to January 10, 2012. VBA functionality was reintroduced in Office 2011, which is only compatible with Intel processors.

Office 2008

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2008 for Mac was released on 15 January 2008. It was the only Office for Mac suite to be compiled as an universal binary , being the first to feature native Intel support and the last to feature PowerPC support for G4 and G5 processors, although the suite is unofficially compatible with G3 processors. New features include native Office Open XML file format support, which debuted in Office 2007 for Windows, and stronger Microsoft
Microsoft
Office password protection employing AES-128 and SHA-1 . Benchmarks suggested that compared to its predecessor, Office 2008 ran at similar speeds on Intel machines and slower speeds on PowerPC machines. Office 2008 also lacked Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support, leaving it with only 15 months of additional mainstream support compared to its predecessor. Nevertheless, five months after it was released, Microsoft
Microsoft
said that Office 2008 was "selling faster than any previous version of Office for Mac in the past 19 years" and affirmed "its commitment to future products for the Mac."

Office 2011

Microsoft
Microsoft
Office for Mac 2011 was released on 26 October 2010,. It is the first version of Office for Mac to be compiled exclusively for Intel processors, dropping support for the PowerPC architecture. It features an OS X version of Outlook to replace the Entourage email client. This version of Outlook is intended to make the OS X version of Office work better with Microsoft's Exchange server and with those using Office for Windows. Office 2011 includes a Mac-based Ribbon similar to Office for Windows.

OneNote And Outlook Release (2014)

Microsoft
Microsoft
OneNote for Mac was released on 17 March 2014. It marks the company's first release of the note-taking software on the Mac. It is available as a free download to all users of the Mac App Store in OS X Mavericks .

Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook
2016 for Mac debuted on 31 October 2014. It requires a paid Office 365 subscription, meaning that traditional Office 2011 retail or volume licenses cannot activate this version of Outlook. On that day, Microsoft
Microsoft
confirmed that it would release the next version of Office for Mac in late 2015.

Despite dropping support for older versions of OS X and only keeping support for 64-bit-only versions of OS X, these versions of OneNote and Outlook are 32-bit applications like their predecessors.

Office 2016

Main article: Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016

The first Preview version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016 for Mac was released on 5 March 2015. On 9 July 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
released the final version of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office 2016 for Mac which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It was immediately made available for Office 365 subscribers with either a Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription. A non-Office 365 edition of Office 2016 was made available as a one-time purchase option on 22 September 2015.

TIMELINE OF RELEASES

Table of Microsoft
Microsoft
Office versions LEGEND: Old version Older version, still supported LATEST VERSION Latest preview version Future release

OFFICE VERSION VERSION NUMBER MINIMUM OPERATING SYSTEM OFFICE SUPPORT END DATE

MAINSTREAM EXTENDED

2016 16.0 Windows
Windows
client versions 7 SP1 Current stable version: 13 OCTOBER 2020 Current stable version: 14 OCTOBER 2025

2013 15.0 7 Older version, yet still supported: 10 April 2018 Older version, yet still supported: 11 April 2023

2010 14.0 XP SP3 Old version, no longer supported: 13 October 2015 Older version, yet still supported: 13 October 2020

2007 12.0 XP SP2 Old version, no longer supported: 9 October 2012 Older version, yet still supported: 10 October 2017

2003 11.0 2000 SP3 Old version, no longer supported: 14 April 2009 Old version, no longer supported: 8 April 2014

XP 10.0 98 or NT 4 SP6a Old version, no longer supported: 11 July 2006 Old version, no longer supported: 12 July 2011

2000 9.0 95 or NT 4 SP3 Old version, no longer supported: 30 June 2004 Old version, no longer supported: 14 July 2009

97 8.0 NT 3.51 , 95 Old version, no longer supported: 31 August 2001 Old version, no longer supported: 28 February 2002

95 7.0 NT 3.51 , 95 Old version, no longer supported: 31 December 2001 N/A

4.x 6.0 3.1 Old version, no longer supported: 1 November 2000 N/A

3.x Various ? Old version, no longer supported: 30 September 1998 N/A

2016 for Mac 15.0 macOS 10.10 – 10.13 Current stable version: 13 OCTOBER 2020 N/A

2011 for Mac 14.0 10.5 (Intel) – 10.12 Older version, yet still supported: 10 October 2017 N/A

2008 for Mac 12.0 10.4 (PPC) – 10.12 Old version, no longer supported: 9 April 2013 N/A

2004 for Mac 11.0 10.2 – 10.6 Old version, no longer supported: 10 January 2012 N/A

v. X 10.0 10.1 – 10.6 Old version, no longer supported: 9 January 2007 N/A

2001 9.0 Classic Mac OS 8.1 (PPC) Old version, no longer supported: 31 December 2005 N/A

98 Macintosh
Macintosh
Edition 8.0 7.5 (PPC) Old version, no longer supported: 30 June 2003 N/A

4.2 7.0 7.0 (68K) Old version, no longer supported: 31 December 1996 N/A

3.0 6.0 ? Old version, no longer supported: 1 June 2001 N/A

Android for Word, Excel, PowerPoint 15.0 Android 4.4.x KitKat Based on Office 365 subscription

iOS for Word, Excel, PowerPoint 1.31 iOS iOS 9 Based on Office 365 subscription

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Office (Windows) timeline: Bar chart Microsoft
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Office (Apple Mac) timeline: Bar chart

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