Microsoft Excel 1.x

Excel, from Microsoft, is a powerful spreadsheet application for Mac, Windows, and OS/2. Excel was first released for the Mac. When it was ported to Windows 2.x, they started at version "2.0" to one up current Mac version. There was never a DOS version. Instead, DOS and 8-bit platforms used the older Microsoft Multiplan. Excel was later bundled as part of Microsoft Office

Based on concepts from the granddaddy of all spreadsheets, VisiCalc, some of the spreadsheets it competed against and ultimately conquered include: Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro, The Twin, VP-Planner, Ashton Tate Full Impact, Boeing Calc, Surpass Software System's Surpass Spreadsheet, SuperCalc, PlanPerfect and the German StarCalc (Today part of LibreOffice ).

Also see WinWorld's complete list of preserved spreadsheet products


Release notes

The first version of Microsoft Excel was written specifically for the Apple Macintosh computer. It replaced Microsoft's earlier Mutiplan spreadsheet product.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Release date
Minimum CPU
M68k Mac
Minimum RAM
User interface
Download count
68 (5 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Excel 1.00 for Macintosh (1985) (3.5-400k) (Kryoflux) (SCP) (TC) 1.00 for Macintosh English 94.87MB 5
Microsoft Excel 1.01 for Macintosh [French] 1.01 for Macintosh French 726.57KB 0
Microsoft Excel 1.03 for Macintosh 1.03 for Macintosh English 425.91KB 0
Microsoft Excel 1.04 for Macintosh 1.04 for Macintosh English 928.1KB 0
Microsoft Excel 1.06 for Macintosh 1.06 for Macintosh English 619.59KB 0
Microsoft Excel 1.5 for Macintosh (3.5-800k) 1.5 for Macintosh English 369.97KB 0
Microsoft Excel 1.x for Macintosh Manual 1.x for Macintosh English 92.33MB 0


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