History of Microsoft Office

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This is a history of Microsoft Office and its versions. This table only includes final releases and not pre-release software such as Microsoft Office 2000.[1]

StarOffice and Microsoft Office timeline
  Microsoft Office for Mac OS
  Microsoft Office for Windows

Windows versions[edit]

Release date Title Components Notes
November 19, 1990[2] Office 1.0 Word 1.1, Excel 2.0, PowerPoint 2.0[3]
March 4, 1991[4] Office 1.5 Word 1.1, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.0
July 8, 1991[5] Office 1.6 Word 1.1, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.0, Mail 2.1 Last version to support Windows 3.0
August 30, 1992 Office 3.0 Word 2.0c, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0, Mail 3.0 Later rebranded as Office 92
January 17, 1994 Office 4.0 Word 6.0, Excel 4.0, PowerPoint 3.0, Mail 3.1
June 2, 1994 Office 4.3 Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Mail 3.2, Access 2.0 This is the last 16-bit version. This means that it is also the last version to support Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.1
July 3, 1994 Office for NT 4.2 Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Office Manager Runs on Windows NT 3.5
August 24, 1995 Office 95 (7.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Schedule+, Binder, Access, Bookshelf Coincided with the Windows 95 operating system release. Works only on Windows 95 as well as Windows NT 3.51 and later. This is the first Office version to have the same version number (7.0, inherited from Word 6.0) for all major component products (Word, Excel and so on).
November 19, 1996 Office 97 (8.0) Word 97, Word 98, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, BookShelf Basics, Publisher 97, Publisher 98, Small Business Financial Manager 97, Small Business Financial Manager 98, Automap Street Plus, Direct Mail Manager, Expedia Streets 98 Was published on CD-ROM as well as on a set of 45 3½-inch floppy disks, became Y2K-safe with Service Release 2, and was the last version to support Windows NT 3.51.
June 20, 1997 Office 97 Powered by Word 98 (8.5) Was released only in Japanese and Korean editions. First version to contain Outlook 98 in all editions and Publisher 98 in the Small Business Edition, as well as the first version of Office 97 to support Windows 98 Second Edition.
June 7, 1999 Office 2000 (9.0) Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Small Business Tools, Access, FrontPage, PhotoDraw First Version to Support Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and last version to support Windows 95. Office 2000 is also the last version not to include Product Activation and not covered by Office Genuine Advantage, although on individual installs, the Office Update website still required the presence of original install media for updates to install.
May 31, 2001 Office XP (10.0) Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, FrontPage, Small Business Tools Last version to support Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows NT 4.0. Improved support for working in user accounts without administrative privileges on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
October 21, 2003 Office 2003 (11.0) Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, InfoPath First version to introduce Windows XP style icons. Last version to support Windows 2000. Last version to have legacy menus.
January 30, 2007 Office 2007 (12.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, Communicator, Groove, OneNote, Visio Viewer, OCT Broadly released alongside Windows Vista. First version to use the new Ribbon user interface with tabbed menus.
June 15, 2010[6] Office 2010 (14.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, Visio Viewer, OCT, Lync This is the first version to ship in 32-bit and 64-bit. Last version to support Windows XP and Windows Vista. Version 13.0 was skipped because of the fear of the number 13.[7]
January 29, 2013 Office 2013 (15.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Lync, Skype for Business, Visio Viewer Lync is replaced with Skype for Business after an update.
September 22, 2015 Office 2016 (16.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business, Visio Viewer

Microsoft Office 95[edit]

Comparison of Office 95 editions
Application Standard Edition Professional Edition
Word[8] Yes Yes
Excel[9] Yes Yes
PowerPoint[10] Yes Yes
Schedule+[11] Yes Yes
Binder[12] Yes Yes
Access[13] No Yes
Bookshelf[14] No On CD-ROM version only

Microsoft Office 97[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office 97 editions
Office programs Standard Edition Professional Edition Small Business Edition Small Business Edition 2.0[15] Developer
Edition
Word 97 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel 97 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook 97 Yes Yes Yes Yes[a] Yes
PowerPoint 97 Yes Yes No No Yes
Access 97 No Yes No No Yes
Bookshelf Basics No Yes No No Yes
Developer Tools and SDK No No No No Yes
Publisher 97 No No Yes No No
Small Business Financial Manager 97 No No Yes No No
Automap Streets Plus 1997 No No Yes No No
Publisher 98 No No No Yes No
Small Business Financial Manager 98 No No No Yes No
Direct Mail Manager No No No Yes No
Expedia Streets 98 No No No Yes No

Microsoft Office 2000[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office 2000 editions
Office programs Standard Small Business Professional Premium Developer
Word 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook 2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint 2000 Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Publisher 2000 No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Small Business Tools No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access 2000 No No Yes Yes Yes
FrontPage 2000 No No No Yes Yes
PhotoDraw 2000 No No No Yes Yes
Developer Tools and SDK[16] No No No No Yes
Visio 2000 No No No No No
Project 2000 No No No No No
MapPoint 2000 No No No No No
Vizact 2000 No No No No No

Microsoft Office 2000 Personal was an additional SKU, solely designed for the Japanese market, that included Word 2000, Excel 2000 and Outlook 2000.[17] This compilation would later become widespread as Microsoft Office 2003 Basic.

Microsoft Office XP[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office XP editions
Features Standard for
Students and Teachers
Standard Professional Small Business Professional
with Publisher
Developer
Licensing scheme Academic Retail Retail and volume OEM OEM Retail, MSDN
Word 2002 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2002 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook 2002 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint 2002 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Access 2002 No No Yes No Yes Yes
Publisher 2002 No No No Yes Yes No
FrontPage 2002 No No No No No Yes
Developer tools No No No No No Yes
Small Business Tool 2002 No No No Yes No No
Visio 2002 No No No No No No
Project 2002 No No No No No No

Microsoft Office 2003[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office 2003 editions
Application Office
Basic
Student and
Teacher Edition
Standard Small Business Professional Edition
Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook Yes Yes Yes Yes
with Business Contact Manager[18]
Yes
with Business Contact Manager[18]
PowerPoint No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher No No No Yes Yes
Access No No No No Yes
InfoPath No No No No Volume edition only
OneNote No No No No No
FrontPage No No No No No
Visio No No No No No
Project No No No No No

Microsoft Office 2007[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office 2007 editions [19][20]
Programs and Features Basic Home and Student Standard Small Business Professional Professional Plus Ultimate Enterprise
Licensing scheme OEM OEM and retail Retail and volume OEM, retail, and volume OEM and retail Volume Retail Volume
Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Viewer only Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
InfoPath No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Communicator No No No No No Yes No Yes
Groove No No No No No No Yes Yes
OneNote No Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Project No No No No No No No No
SharePoint Designer No No No No No No No No
Visio Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only Viewer only
Office Customization Tool (OCT)1 No No Volume licensing only[21] Volume licensing only[21] No Yes[21] No Yes[21]
1 Office Customization Tool is used to customize the installation of Office 2007 by creating a Windows Installer patch file (.MSP) and replacing the Custom Installation Wizard and Custom Deployment Wizard included in earlier versions of the Office Resource Kit that created a Windows Installer Transform (.MST).[21]

Microsoft Office 2010[edit]

Comparison of Microsoft Office 2010 editions[22][23][24][25]
Suites[26][27] As an individual product Starter Office Online Personal1 Home and Student2 Home and Business3 Standard Professional3
Professional Academic4
University
Professional Plus5
Licensing scheme Varies OEM Free Retail and OEM Retail Retail Retail and Volume Academic and Retail Retail and Volume
Word Yes Starter edition Basic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel Yes Starter edition Basic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Yes Viewer (Separate) Basic Viewer (Separate) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OneNote Yes No Basic No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Access Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes
InfoPath Yes No No No No No No No Yes
SharePoint Workspace Yes No No No No No No No Yes
SharePoint Designer Yes No No No No No No No No
Project Yes No No No No No No No No
Visio Yes Viewer (Separate) No Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer (Separate) Viewer Viewer
Lync Yes No No No No No No No Volume channel only
Office Customization Tool (OCT)6 No No No No No No Volume channel only No Volume channel only
Remarks
1 Office 2010 Personal was made available for distribution only in Japan.[27]
2 The retail version of Office 2010 Home and Student can be installed on up to three machines in a single household for non-commercial use only. The Product Key Card version only allows a single installation on a single machine.[28]
3 The retail versions of Office 2010 Home and Business and Office 2010 Professional can be installed on two devices including a primary machine, and a portable device such as a laptop, for use by a single user. The Product Key Card version only allows a single installation on a single machine.[28]
4 On February 1, 2012, Office 2010 University replaced the previous Office 2010 Professional Academic edition in an effort to curtail fraudulent product use.[29]
5 Office 2010 Professional Plus is only available for Volume License customers.[30] The retail version is offered through MSDN or TechNet.[31]
6 The Office Customization Tool is used to customize the installation of Office by creating a Windows Installer Patch (.MSP) file, and replaces the Custom Installation Wizard and Custom Deployment Wizard included in 2003 and earlier versions of the Office Resource Kit. It is only available in Volume License editions.[32]

Microsoft Office 2013[edit]

Comparison of Office 2013 suites
  As an
individual
product
Traditional editions[33][34][35] Office 365 subscriptions[33][36]
Office RT Home & Student Home & Business Standard Professional Professional Plus Personal[37] Home University[38] Small Business Premium ProPlus Enterprise
Availability Varies Windows RT Retail, OEM Retail, OEM Volume licensing Retail, OEM Volume licensing Software plus services Software plus services Software plus services Software plus services Software plus services Software plus services
Maximum users 1 1 1 1 As licensed 1 As licensed 1 all users in one household[39] 1 10 25[40] Unlimited
Devices per user 1 1 1 1 As licensed 1 As licensed 1 computer and 1 mobile 5 shared among all users[39] 2 computers and 2 mobiles 5 5[40] 5
Commercial use allowed? Yes Separate2 No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No[41] No Yes Yes Yes
Word Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OneNote Yes3 Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook Yes Yes1 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
InfoPath No No No No No No Yes No No No No4 Yes Yes
Lync Yes3 No No No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Designer Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Project
Has multiple editions
Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No
Visio
Has multiple editions
Yes No Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer Viewer
Remarks
1 The Windows RT versions do not include all of the functionality provided by other versions of Office.
2 Commercial use of Office RT is allowed through volume licensing or business subscriptions to Office 365.[42]
3 Windows Store versions are also available.
4 InfoPath was initially part of Office 365 Small Business Premium.[43][44] However, it no longer is.[45]

Microsoft Office 2016[edit]

As with previous versions, Office 2016 is made available in several distinct editions aimed towards different markets. All traditional editions of Microsoft Office 2016 contain Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and are licensed for use on one computer.[46][47]

Five traditional editions of Office 2016 were released for Windows:

  • Home & Student: This retail suite includes the core applications only.[46]
  • Home & Business: This retail suite includes the core applications and Outlook.[46]
  • Standard: This suite, only available through volume licensing channels, includes the core applications, as well as Outlook and Publisher.[48]
  • Professional: This retail suite includes the core applications, as well as Outlook, Publisher and Access.[46]
  • Professional Plus: This suite, only available through volume licensing channels, includes the core applications, as well as Outlook, Publisher, Access and Skype for Business.[48]

Three traditional editions of Office 2016 were released for Mac:

  • Home & Student: This retail suite includes the core applications only.[47]
  • Home & Business: This retail suite includes the core applications and Outlook.[47]
  • Standard: This suite, only available through volume licensing channels, includes the core applications and Outlook.[48]

Mac versions[edit]

Release date Title Contents Notes
January 23, 1990 Office 1 Word 1, etc.
August 1, 1990 Office 1.1 Word 3, etc.
1992 Office 2 Word 4, etc.
1993 Office 3 Word 5, Excel 4, PowerPoint 3, etc.
1994 Office 4.2 Word 6, Excel 5, PowerPoint 4, etc.
1994 Office 4.2.1 Word 6, Excel 5, PowerPoint 4, etc. first release designed for the PPC, final release for 68K
March 15, 1998 Office 98 (8.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint 98
October 11, 2000 Office 2001 (9.0 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage 2001 final release for Mac OS 9, latest update 9.0.6.[49]
November 19, 2001 Office v. X (10.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage X first release for Mac OS X, latest update 10.1.9[50]
February 12, 2004 Office 2004 (11.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage 2004 latest update 11.6.4[51]
January 15, 2008 Office 2008 (12.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage 2008 the first release that runs natively on both PPC and Intel without the use of the Rosetta emulation layer, latest update 12.3.0.[52] Does NOT support VBA macros.
October 26, 2010 Office 2011 (14.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook 2011 first release for Intel only, latest update 14.1.2.[53] Support for VBA re-instated to this version.
July 09, 2015 Office 2016 (16.0) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote 2016 Released on macOS on 9 July 2015, Microsoft added integration with Mac capabilities such as Multi-Touch, Full Screen, and Retina optimization with a focus on cloud-connected capability.[54]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Can be upgraded to Outlook 98 via coupon or download

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