Microsoft Excel 2.1

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 StarCalcToday part of LibreOffice ).

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Installation instructions

Microsoft Excel 2.1 was a minor update, and continued to bundle the Windows 2 runtime. 2.1b only changed some packaging files, the application executable is unchanged. 2.1c was the first version compatible with the Windows 3.0 enhanced mode, although still a Windows 2 application. 2.1d also had only minor changes.

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Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Excel 2.1 (3.5) 2.1 English x86 3½ Floppy 1.92MB
Microsoft Excel 2.1 (5.25) 2.1 English x86 5¼ Floppy 1.93MB
Microsoft Excel 2.1 (Promotional Edition) (1988) (3.5) 2.1 Promotional Edition English x86 3½ Floppy 687.59KB
Microsoft Excel 2.1 [Swedish] (3.5-720k) 2.1 Swedish x86 3½ Floppy 3.22MB
Microsoft Excel 2.1c (3.5) 2.1c English x86 3½ Floppy 2.74MB
Microsoft Excel 2.1d (3.5) 2.1d English x86 3½ Floppy 2.75MB


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