Ability 1.5 for Windows

Originally released in 1984 by the Canadian company Xanaro that went bankrupt, and then by Migent, Ability is an integrated office suite for DOS that includes word processor, spreadsheet, database, telecommunications, business graphing, presentation graphics capabilities, and built in file management. It features good integration between the different components, with the ability to import, share, and dynamically update data between them. It was advertised as a very easy to use and a quick to learn system.

When it was first released it initially competed with Ashton-Tate Framework and Lotus Symphony. It was launched with a huge, costly, marketing campaign, that ultimately flopped.

The name was later changed to Ability Plus. Eventually, a Microsoft Windows version was released as Ability Office, although it was not directly based on the DOS version.

Wanted: Ability 1.0


Release notes

This is a Windows 3.1 program.

Installation instructions

Important: This software uses registration activation copy protection. No unprotect or keygen is known to exist. When installed, the system date must not be set too far ahead of the date the software was released (8/31/1995). Until the product is registered, it will remain in an evaluation/trial mode that expires after a limited number of days.

If you alter the system clock or have it set too far in the "future", Ability will refuse to run, giving a bullshit error message: "Changes have been detected in your system that will cause unpredictable results. To protect your documents, Ability will close."

Under Windows 95, you must load share.exe in the autoexec.bat. Share.exe is only available with Windows 95 RTM, therefore this software will not run under Windows 95 OSR2, 98, or ME. For whatever reason, it ignores the built in vshare.386.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Presentations Communications Database
Ability Plus Software Ltd.
Release date
User interface
Download count
9 (4 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Ability Office 1.5 TRIAL for Windows (1995-05) (ISO) 1.5 TRIAL for Windows English 11.49MB 2
Ability Office 1.5 for Windows (1995-07) (3.5-1.44mb) 1.5 for Windows English 11.93MB 2


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