Microsoft Office 4.2

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.

Microsoft Office 4.2 completes the transition started with Office 4.0 (they skipped 4.1). All of the Office components now support OLE2 and have consistent user interfaces between platforms and applications.

Office 4.2 includes Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, and PowerPoint 4.0. It does NOT include Microsoft Access.

Office 4.2 was released for Windows 3.1, the Apple Macintosh, and i386/Alpha Windows NT. (In the NT package, PowerPoint is still 16-bit)

Installation instructions

To perform a non-floppy install using floppy disk images, extract the content of each disk in to folders named Disk1, Disk2, Disk3, etc. Then run setup.

The Macintosh version supports both 68K and Power PC Macs.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Presentations Publishing PIM Database
Release date
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Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
Microsoft Office 4.2 for Windows NT (i386 and Alpha) 4.2 for NT (i386, Alpha) English x86-32,Alpha Archive 43.69MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 (3.5) (Needs redump - bad Disk 22) 4.2 English x86 3½ Floppy 34.98MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 (CD) (Needs redump) 4.2 English x86 CD 38.28MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 [Brazilian Portuguese] (3.5) 4.2 Brazilian Portuguese x86 3½ Floppy 36.71MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 [French] (3.5) 4.2 French x86 3½ Floppy 37.48MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 [Spanish] (3.5) 4.2 Spanish x86 3½ Floppy 37.62MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 [Swedish] (3.5) 4.2 Swedish x86 3½ Floppy 36.82MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 for Macintosh [English AU] (3.5) 4.2 for Macintosh English (AU) m68k,ppc 3½ Floppy 56.4MB
Microsoft Office 4.2 for Macintosh [Intl. English] (3.5) 4.2 for Macintosh English m68k,ppc 3½ Floppy 56.27MB
Microsoft Office 4.2.1 for Macintosh (CD) 4.2.1 for Macintosh English m68k,ppc CD 57.99MB
Microsoft Office 4.2c (3.5-1.44mb) 4.2c English x86 3½ Floppy 32.91MB
Microsoft Office 4.2c (3.5-DMF) 4.2c English x86 3½ Floppy 33.1MB
Microsoft Office 4.2c [German] (3.5-1.44mb) 4.2c German x86 3½ Floppy 37.95MB
Microsoft Office 4.2c [German] (ISO) 4.2c German x86 CD 97.66MB


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