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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.


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MSCDEX is the real-mode MS-DOS driver for accessing CD drives.


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Originally 86-DOS, written by Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products, DOS was a rough clone of CP/M for 8086 based hardware. Microsoft purchased it and licensed it to IBM for use with Microsoft's IBM PC language products. In 1982, Microsoft began licensing DOS to other OEMs that ported it to their custom x86 hardware and IBM PC clones.


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MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) is the documentation for Microsoft's development tools, API's and SDK's.


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An old instant messenger platform from Microsoft since superseded by Skype. The MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) servers have since been shut down from Microsoft, so don't expect this software to work anymore. Software is for historical purposes only.


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Microsoft Multiplan was an early 8-bit spreadsheet application for CP/M and MS-DOS with ports to numerous other platforms in the early 80s. Initially it competed against VisiCalc and later Lotus 1-2-3. A companion product, Microsoft Chart, provided graphing support. Multiplan was never ported to Windows, where it was replaced with Microsoft Excel. Excel also replaced Multiplan on the Macintosh platform.


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Multitasking "MS-DOS 4.00" is the once hyped future of DOS, that Microsoft shelved in favor of OS/2 and IBM's regular DOS 4.0x.


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Newshell, or the "Shell Technology Preview Update", is a shell update for Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 that gives it the appearance and desktop from Windows 95. Newshell is a beta product, and only meant to demonstrate how the upcoming NT 4 would look.


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A customized version of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker that includes settings and characters from various Nickelodeon TV Shows.


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Pageview is a tool to graphically display, manipulate, and print Microsoft Word 3.0 and 4.0 for DOS documents. This was released almost two years prior to Word 1.0 for Windows.


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A PC speaker driver that enables Windows 3.1 programs such as the Windows Sound Recorder to play .WAV format files.


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Picture It!, from Microsoft, is a photo image adjustment tool for novice users. It includes a number of standard touch-up functions such as red-eye adjustment, resizing, brightness, contrast, and cropping. It can make direct use of scanners and digital cameras. All functions are presented as a dumbed down step-by step series of tabs and menus. Picture-It competed against Adobe Photodeluxe.


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Microsoft PowerPoint is a graphical presentation tool that is today part of Microsoft Office. Prior to its acquisition by Microsoft, it was known as "Presenter" from Forethought Inc. These are the standalone versions. For the Office bundled versions, see Microsoft Office.


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Microsoft QBasic, not to be confused with QuickBasic, is a stripped down version of the Microsoft QuickBasic product that replaces GW-Basic in MS-DOS 5.0 and later. QBasic is an interpreter only, and can not compile standalone executables. QuickBasic sources can be compiled into binary EXE files with QuickBasic or Visual Basic for DOS.


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Microsoft QuickBasic, not to be confused with the lesser QBasic, was a Basic interpreter and compiler product loosely based on GW-Basic. Version 2.0 for DOS and later included an Integrated Development Environment. Microsoft also produced QuickPascal and QuickC with similar integrated environments. Professional Development System](/product/microsoft-basic), and competed against language products targeted at hobbyists, such as those from Borland.


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Microsoft QuickC is a C compiler with an Integrated Development Environment, designed to compete with Borland Turbo C. It was targeted at home/hobbyist users with a much lower price tag than Microsoft's corporate-oriented professional products. Microsoft also produced QuickPascal and QuickBasic with similar integrated environments.


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Microsoft QuickPascal was a short-lived dialect of Pascal created specifically to compete with Borland Turbo Pascal. It incorporated many Borland-specific features at the expense of backwards compatiblity with the earlier Microsoft Pascal product.


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Schedule Plus is a calendar/personal information manager. It is designed to operate using a shared network Microsoft Mail "mailbox" over a LAN.


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Services for Unix (SFU) is a Unix compatible API layer that runs on top of NT. This enables recompilation of Unix programs on Windows with minimal changes. It does not provide binary compatiblity.


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Microsoft SharePoint is a Windows Server hosted collabaration tool allowing for document management, custom lists, workflows, wiki-style editing within an organization, web applications and plugins, extranets and intranets.


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Video for Windows allowed Windows 3.x users to play back Windows Video (.avi) files.


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Originally an x86 emulator for Macintosh used to run Windows, Connectix, the company that made it, was purchased by Microsoft. Virtual PC was then retooled into a virtualization tool for x86 systems.


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Visio is a flow-chart diagramming program for Microsoft Windows originally from Shapeware/Visio Corp. Visio was specifically designed as a flow charting tool rather than a generic drawing tool. It featured easy to use drag-and-drop diagram creation, and shipped with a wide variety of stencils. In 2000 Visio Corp was acquired by Microsoft. It competed with Aldus Intellidraw and Micrografx Snapgraphics and Meta Software's MetaDesign.


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Visual C++ is a greatly enhanced and re-branded version of Microsoft C/C++. The Visual C++ line is primarily aimed at Windows development on 386 CPUs. 5.0 and later were bundled as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio.


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This was a dialect of Java from Microsoft which ran on Windows and Microsoft's Java virtual machine.