Framework III

Originally created by Forefront Corporation for Ashton-Tate and first released in 1984, Framework was an early integrated office suite for DOS. It has a built in word processor, spreadsheet, database, outliner, graphing, and telecommunications.

Framework provides a text-based "gui", including windowing and menus. All of the different components behave in similar, consistent ways.

The Framework office suite is historically distinguished as the first all-in-one office suite for IBM PC compatible computers.

The spreadsheet component is also unique, as its design let it support "3D" spreadsheets.

Initially, Framework competed against Epson's Z-80 CP/M based Valdocs integrated office suite, and the Macintosh. It later competed against Lotus Symphony and Microsoft Works.

Wanted: Framework V, later versions.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Graphics Communications Database
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
2 (0 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Ashton-Tate Framework III 1.0 (1988) (5.25-360k) III 1.0 English 3.69MB 0
Ashton-Tate Framework III 1.0 (1988) [French] (3.5-720k) (SCP) III 1.0 French 50.48MB 0
Ashton-Tate Framework III 1.0 (1989) [British English] (5.25-360k) III 1.0 British English 1.52MB 0
Ashton-Tate Framework III 1.1 (1988) (5.25-360k) III 1.1 English 4.64MB 0
Ashton-Tate Framework III 1.1 (1989) [Dutch] (5.25-360k) III 1.1 Dutch 27.65MB 0


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