Microsoft Office | Ingrained in our Culture

With the release of the new Microsoft Office 2016, it’s hard to believe that this invaluable software is now over 25-years old. It’s become a part of our everyday lives, hasn’t it?

While today we have cloud integration that allows for online collaboration, inter-office messaging, and many other advanced features, the original MS Office 1.0 software of 1990 included only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  With the evolution of the platform throughout the years, the business world is now more dependent than ever of the MS Office Suite.

Microsoft Office:  The 1990’s

The individual programs of Excel and PowerPoint have been available since the early 1980’s.  They were designed originally for the Macintosh platform under the name of Multiplan.  Gradually throughout the 1990’s, Microsoft releases new updates of MS Office 1.0, adding new programs and features.  Microsoft Office 3.0 of 1995 adds an e-mail feature that the software giant eventually rebrands as Microsoft Outlook.  A Professional Version of Microsoft Access comes in 1994 with the release of MS Office 4.3.

The following year offers upgraded 32-bit technology for richer visuals and increased performance while also adding the programs of Binder 7.0, Schedule+ 7.0, and Bookshelf 7.0.  These programs are later replaced in MS Office 1997, Microsoft releases in five different editions, including:

  • Standard
  • Professional
  • Small Business
  • Small Business 2.0
  • Developer.

Millennium Changes to Microsoft Office

Microsoft releases MS Office 2000 to coincide with the dawn of a new Millennium, offering more features than any other previous release across five editions.  It is the last to support Windows 95.  With the widespread fear of the Y2K bug, Microsoft markets the package as completely safe.  Here are some other important milestones in the history of MS Office Suite over the years:

  • May, 2001:  The release of Microsoft Office XP coincides with the upgraded Windows XP platform.   The optional editions are expanded once again.
  • November, 2003:  MS Office 2003 is the first version to support Windows XP styled icons and the last to support Windows 2000.  By most accounts, this is the most widely used version of the program ever released.
  • January, 2007:  The release of MS Office 2007 coincides with the new Windows Vista operating system.  New tabbed menus and the ribbon interface feature are new additions
  • June, 2010:  Microsoft Office 2010 is the last to support Windows Vista and Windows XP.  It is the first package to ship in both 32- and 64- bit options.

By the release of the MS Office 2013, we finally have cloud integration technology.  The new Microsoft Office 365 Suite offers web versions of Word, Excel. OneNote, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Limited storage capabilities are also offered through OneDrive to subscribers.  Touch screen capabilities enter into the package in 2013 that Microsoft later optimizes along with the cloud integration safety features in the latest Microsoft Office 2016 upgrade.  For more information on which Office Suite is best for your company, contact Method 1 IT today.