Microsoft BOB 1.00a

Microsoft BOB is a Windows 3.1 graphical shell intended for novice users. It presents your desktop as a series of "rooms" with various selectable objects, and assists you with a friendly animated guide. It features vector based graphics that scale to any size or resolution screen, supports user profiles, and includes rudimentary editor, calendar, address book, and checking programs. It was created as a response to Packard Bell Navigator and is somewhat comparable to Apple At Ease and 3DNA.

Aside from being too "cutesy", it flopped largely due to price, lack of OS/application integration, lack of OEM pre-installs, failure to showcase installed software, or lack of any real purpose. Arguably it was successful as a tool for crushing Packard Bell.

Other similar dumbed down applications include Microsoft Creative Writer and Microsoft Fine Artist. The animated guides were later re-used in Microsoft Office 97. The only known shipped retail product that runs within BOB is Microsoft Great Greetings.


Release notes

1.00a is an expanded version that includes extra rooms and guides.

Product type
Application Novelty
Release date
Sun Aug 13 1995
Minimum CPU
486SX or higher
Minimum RAM
Minimum free disk space
User interface
Download count
29 (15 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft BOB 1.00a 1.00a English 13.99MB 4
Microsoft BOB 1.00a (3.5-DMF) 1.00a English 13.48MB 6
Microsoft BOB 1.00a Gateway 2000 Edition (ISO) 1.00a Gateway 2000 Edition English 11.41MB 3
Microsoft BOB 1.00a w Entertainment Pack and Pub 95 [Gateway] (ISO) 1.00a w Entertainment Pack and Pub 95 English 38.56MB 2


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