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
13 (2 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 1
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 1


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