History of Microsoft Office

Timeline created by eaperea1
  • Pre Windows Era

    Pre Windows Era
    The history of MS Office came out for use with Windows 2.0. Prior to Office 1.0, the basic elements of the package were still available as separate programs but for MS-DOS. The primary input devices for pre Windows Microsoft Word were keyboards.
  • Evolution & History Of MS Office: From Keyboard To Touch Interface

    Microsoft Office shifted users from the then famous WordPerfect to MS Word and killed the former’s market. A major factor for the huge success of MS Office was and is the keyboard shortcut system as opposed to the formatting system of WordPerfect that required users to type in special codes.
  • MS Office 1.5 – Improved Excel (with Word 1.1 & PowerPoint 2.0)

    MS Office 1.5 – Improved Excel (with Word 1.1 & PowerPoint 2.0)
    Addition of the "Toolbar" to simply use of the software application as well as its abilities.
  • MS Office 3.0 For Windows (Office 92 on CD-ROM)

    MS Office 3.0 For Windows (Office 92 on CD-ROM)
    Contains – Word 2.0; Excel 4.0A and PowerPoint 4.0. Do note that the version numbers are not consistent; they were made consistent only after Office 95.
  • Office 4.0 For Windows

    There was one small upgrade for Excel between Office 3.0 and Office 4.0 and the same was continued in Office 4.0. Instead of Excel 4.0a, it was now Excel 4.0. PowerPoint version was same – 3.0. The major overhaul was MS Word which now had a very rich interface focusing on formatting.
  • Office 7.5 or Office 95

    Office 7.5 or Office 95
    This version was not backward compatible and would work only on Windows 95 and later operating systems. You might get one from the Internet if curious but make sure it is not a fake or malware.
  • Office 97: Introduction Of Office Assistant!

    Office 97: Introduction Of Office Assistant!
    Introduction of that dancing clip, Clippy, whenever you pressed F1 for Help
  • Office 2000 (Better User Experience)

    Among the many updates to previous versions were smoother user elements and improved security
  • Office XP

    Office XP
    With XP, Microsoft provided almost all features to users working under restricted mode on corporate networks. Notice the shine on the Window title that is inherited from the basic elements on Windows XP that continued to rule for almost a decade.
  • Office 2003: The Most Used MS Office Version Ever

    Office 2003: The Most Used MS Office Version Ever
    In case of MS Office however, the most used version is version 2003 with plenty of functionality and security features. Blended with Windows XP completely and presented icons and toolbars with the same look as the operating system. Other than the looks, the rich feature arranged neatly under different menu tabs made it users’ choice to years until they were forced to upgrade to Office 2007 and Office 2010.
  • Office 2007 Introduced the Ribbon Interface

    Office 2007 introduced the ribbon interface and helped you produce professional-looking documents by providing a comprehensive set of tools for creating and formatting your document in the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.
  • Office 2010 Introduced Office Web Apps

    Office 2010 Introduced Office Web Apps
    Microsoft Office 2010 let people & employees keep in touch and working effectively no matter where they were. They could use the same applications from their PCs, from a smartphone, or from a Web browser.
  • Office 365

    Introduced as a replacement to Microsoft’s cloud based business suite. Since then, it has come a long way and has taken over standalone Office versions in colleges and businesses. It includes the web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and a mail program. In addition, it offers unlimited storage on OneDrive for the subscribers.
  • Office 2013 Comes with Cloud Integration

    Office 2013 Comes with Cloud Integration
    The Evolution Of MS Office continues with Office 2013 and Office 365 and makes use of cloud computing and takes it to the next level, while introducing Touch.
  • Office 2016

    Office 2016
    The latest version of Office as of now. Still in beta, the version is completely optimized for mobile devices and touchscreens. As such, it does not provide many new features over Office 2013 except for a tighter cloud integration which users may or may not feel comfortable with.