Microsoft Works 2.x (Win)

Microsoft Works was an all-in-one scaled-down Word Processor, Spreadsheet, and Database geared towards the home user. It was released in variants for early DOS, Windows, and Macintosh. Microsoft Works competed against Lotus Jazz, FrameWork, AlphaWorks/LotusWorks, PFS First Choice, and many others.

Microsoft Works started development as "Mouseworks" from "Productivity Software", and involved developers of the original Apple II AppleWorks. The first release was in 1986 for the Apple Macintosh. It seems that Microsoft purchased it mainly to compete with Lotus Jazz.

Works was a completely different product from, and even competed against, Microsoft Office. Occasionally, Works was bundled with a version of Word, to cover for weaknesses and lack of popularity of the native word processor in the package. Works was commonly bundled with many OEM PCs as an entry-level lower-cost alternative to Microsoft Office. Microsoft Works was discontinued in 2007, with the final version being 9.0.

It appears there was no "1.0" for Windows. The first Windows version was "2.0", that matched the versions for DOS and Macintosh.

For more information, see Software Spotlight: Microsoft Works.



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Installation instructions

Works 2.0 for Windows is for 16-bit Windows 3.0 or later and requires at least a 286.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Communications Database
Vendor
Microsoft
Release date
1992
User interface
GUI
Platform
Windows
Download count
56 (0 for release)

Downloads

Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows (3.5-720k) 2.0 for Windows English 4.7MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows (5.25-1.2mb) 2.0 for Windows English 4.11MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows (Random Computers OEM) [German] (3.5-1.44mb) 2.0 for Windows German 20.79MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows [British English] (3.5-720k) 2.0 for Windows British English 4.7MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows [French] (3.5-720k) 2.0 for Windows French 7.55MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0 for Windows [Swedish] (3.5-720k) 2.0 for Windows Swedish 4.85MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a Multimedia Edition for Windows [Creative Labs OEM] (ISO) 2.0a Multimedia Edition for Windows English 84.37MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a for Windows (AST OEM) (5.25) 2.0A for Windows English 4.21MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a for Windows (Fabbri Editori OEM) [Italian] (3.5-720k) 2.0a for Windows (Fabbri Editori OEM) Italian 12.05MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a for Windows [Canadian-French] (3.5-1.44mb) 2.0a for Windows Canadian-French 4.97MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a for Windows [French] (3.5-720k) 2.0a for Windows French 4.51MB 0
Microsoft Works 2.0a for Windows [French] (5.25-1.2mb) 2.0a for Windows French 4.5MB 0

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