Microsoft Office Timeline Since 1983

Let’s Explore Microsoft Office Since 1983

Source : Microsoft Presspass



September: The first version of Microsoft Word 1.0 for MS-DOS is released. It becomes the first word processor to make extensive use of the computer mouse.


January: Microsoft Word 1.0 for Macintosh and Word 2.0 for DOS are released.

September: Microsoft Excel 1.0 for Macintosh is released. It is designed to take advantage of the enhanced power of the Macintosh. Excel offers features such as interactive spreadsheet linking and two-way file compatibility with Lotus 1-2-3.


September: Microsoft announces Microsoft Works for Macintosh, which integrates word processing, spreadsheet, database, communications, and drawing functions into a single program.

October: Microsoft Word 3.0 for Macintosh (there was no version 2.0) and Word 3.0 for DOS are released.


July: Microsoft Corp. acquires Forethought, the original application software company behind PowerPoint 1.0, for $1.4 million.

September: Microsoft PowerPoint 1.0 for Macintosh is announced. In its first year of sales, PowerPoint 1.0 for Macintosh hits $1 million.


May: Microsoft ships PowerPoint 2.0 for Macintosh.


June: Office 1.0 for the Macintosh debuts on both standard disks and CD-ROM. It includes newly available Word 4.0, Excel 2.2 and PowerPoint 2.01. This release is a significant step toward the seamless application integration that becomes the hallmark of later versions of Office.


May: PowerPoint 2.0 for Windows is announced. This first version for Windows offers color options.

October: Office 1.0 for Windows is available and includes Excel 2.0, Word 2.1 and PowerPoint 2.0.

Microsoft becomes the first personal computer software company to exceed $1 billion in sales in a single year, with revenues of $1.18 billion.


January: Microsoft announces the availability of Microsoft Excel for Windows 3.0 — the first major release to include toolbars.

October: Word 2.0 for Windows is the first version to offer drag-and-drop capabilities.


August: Office 3.0 for Windows is available and includes recently released Microsoft PowerPoint 3.0 in combination with Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0 and Microsoft Excel 4.0.

November: Microsoft Access 1.0 for Windows is announced at Fall COMDEX. The new full-featured and fully relational database management system (DBMS) provides transparent access to data, usability-tested tools and a robust development cycle.


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