Microsoft Excel 2.0

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

Excel 2.0 is the very first version of Excel for the PC. Version 1.x was only available for the Mac. Excel 2.x for Windows runs under Microsoft Windows 2 or a Windows 2 runtime. Excel 2.0 for Windows was released on both 3.5" 720k and 5.25" 1.2mb floppy disk images.

Product type
Application Spreadsheet
Release date
Thu Oct 29 1987
Minimum CPU
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Minimum free disk space
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Download count
87 (12 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows (3.5-720k) (5.25-1.2mb) 2.0 for Windows English 6.59MB 8
Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows (5.25-360k) 2.0 for Windows English 3.1MB 0
Microsoft Excel 2.0 for Windows Manuals 2.0 for Windows English 285.37MB 1
Microsoft Excel 2.01 for Windows (5.25-1.2mb) 2.01 for Windows English 2.93MB 3


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