Microsoft Publisher

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Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Office Publisher (2013–present).svg
Microsoft Publisher 2013 running on Windows 8
Microsoft Publisher 2013 running on Windows 8
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release 1991; 27 years ago (1991)
Stable release
2016 (16.0.x) / September 22, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-09-22)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Desktop publishing software
License Trialware

Microsoft Publisher is an entry-level desktop publishing application from Microsoft, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing.


Publisher is included in higher-end editions of Microsoft Office, reflecting Microsoft's emphasis on the application as an easy-to-use and less expensive alternative to the "heavyweights" with a focus on the small-business market, where firms do not have dedicated design professionals available to make marketing materials and other documents.[1][2] However, it has a relatively small share of the desktop publishing market, which is dominated by Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.[1]

While most Microsoft Office apps adopted ribbons for their user interface starting with Microsoft Office 2007, Publisher retained its toolbars and did not adopt ribbons until Microsoft Office 2010.[3]


LibreOffice has supported Publisher's proprietary file format (.pub) since February 2013.[4] Corel Draw X4 features read-only support. Adobe PageMaker also saves files with a .pub extension, but the two files are incompatible and unrelated. Publisher supports numerous other file formats, including the Enhanced Metafile (EMF) format, which is supported on Windows platforms. The Microsoft Publisher trial version can be used to view .pub files beyond the trial period.[5]

Release history[edit]

Name Version number Release date[6] Editions of Microsoft Office included in
Microsoft Publisher 1.0 1991 N/A
Microsoft Publisher 2.0 1993 N/A
Publisher for Windows 95 3.0 Sep 15, 1995 N/A
Microsoft Publisher 97 8.0[a] Dec 8, 1996 Small Business Edition
Microsoft Publisher 98 8.5 Jun 21, 1998 Small Business Edition 2.0
Microsoft Publisher 2000 9.0 Sep 7, 1999 Small Business Edition, Professional, Premium, Developer
Microsoft Publisher 2002 10.0 May 31, 2001 Professional OEM, Professional Special Edition
Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 11.0 Nov 24, 2003 Small Business, Professional, Professional Plus, Enterprise
Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 12.0 Jan 27, 2007 Small Business, Professional, Ultimate, Professional Plus, Enterprise
Microsoft Publisher 2010 14.0[b] Jun 15, 2010 Standard, Professional, Professional Plus
Microsoft Publisher 2013 15.0 Jan 29, 2013 Professional, Professional Plus, Standard (volume licensing), all Office 365 editions
Microsoft Publisher 2016 16.0 Sep 22, 2015 Professional, Professional Plus, Standard (volume licensing), all Office 365 editions
  1. ^ Starting with Publisher 97, the version number jumps to 8.0 to tally Microsoft Office versions.
  2. ^ Version 13 was skipped due to the superstition attached to the number 13.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Desktop Publishing Software 2007 Style". Computor edge. 2007-07-27. Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  2. ^ "Office Publisher 07". PC World Australia. IDG. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-02-13..
  3. ^ "User interface differences in Office 2010 vs earlier versions". TechNet. Microsoft. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  5. ^ "Where is the Publisher viewer?". Microsoft. Archived from the original on March 16, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "Publisher Life-cycle". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  7. ^ Paul Thurrott (2009-05-14). "Office 2010 FAQ". Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-12-30.

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