Microsoft Office 2.x

Microsoft Office is a bundle of Microsoft's productivity application. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and later Mail, Office Manager, and Outlook. The "1.x" versions of Microsoft Office were simply a marketing bundle of the standalone products sold together with no other packaging changes. Even though these were distinct applications, rather than one single monolithic program, they shared a similar user interface, integrated well together and shared the ability to embed documents from one application in the documents of another.

MS Office started out on the Macintosh, but quickly became the de-facto office suite for Windows 3.x.

Microsoft Office competed with a number of other office suites including Lotus Smartsuite, Borland/WordPerfect/Corel Office, and Star Office. Also see a complete list of Winworld's Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Databases, and Presentation programs.


Release notes

The first Microsoft Office was released in 1989 for Apple Macintosh. It was little more than a bundling of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a CD-ROM. .

Microsoft Office 1.5 for the Macintosh was released in 1991 (included Word 4.0, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.01, and Mail 3.0), and 2.0 for the Macintosh (included Word 5.0, Excel 3.0, PowerPoint 2.01, and Mail 3.0) was released in 1992.

The first version of Microsoft Office for Windows was released in 1990.

Microsoft Office 2.5 for Windows includes Word 2.0a, Excel 4.0, and PowerPoint 2.0.

Note: Office for Windows only includes a license for Microsoft Mail, not the software.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Presentations Publishing PIM Database
Release date
User interface
Windows MacOS
Download count
416 (8 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Office 2.5 for Windows (1992) (5.25-1.2mb) 2.5 for Windows English 46.66MB 3
Microsoft Office 2.5.1 for Macintosh (1992) (ISO) 2.5.1 for Macintosh English 21.7MB 5


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