A Concise History of Microsoft Office – From MS Office 95 to 2016

Microsoft has recently moved into cloud computing with Windows Azure platform which was announced in 2008. The Windows Azure platform lets consumers build computing infrastructure in the “cloud” and offer it to its users. In 2011, Office 365, a cloud version of Office business software suite was released which included applications such as Word and Excel. Yet, in the event that we think back the center projects that made up the main variant of i.e., Word, Excel and PowerPoint existed as separate applications as far back as the mid 1980s. It wasn’t until 1989, in any case, that Microsoft packaged these projects together into the item called The Office 1.0 for Macintosh (which is MAC now).

At the point when MS Office for Windows was launched in 1990, its significant rivals were: WordPerfect and Lotus. Both of these items as of now had exceptionally predominant market positions when Microsoft Office was launched. Microsoft Office version history as not been consistent over the years, due to a combination of point releases.

  1. 1.0 November 1990
  2. 3.0 August 1992
  3. 4.0 January 1994
  4. 95 (7.0) August 1995
  5. 97 (8.0) November 1996
  6. 2000 (9.0) June 1999
  7. XP (10.0) May 2001
  8. 2003 (11.0) November 2003
  9. 2007 (12.0) January 2007
  10. 2010 (14.0) June 2010
  11. 2013 (15.0) January 2013
  12. 2016 (16.0) September 2015

After the release Microsoft Office immediately picked up on the opposition, organizations preferred having their essential workstation applications originate from a solitary programming organization, which implied at more prominent incorporation between basic applications. More to the point, a considerable lot of these organizations were utilizing PCs controlled by Microsoft Windows, giving Microsoft Office much more perceived integration shimmer. Office was friendlier to the developing number of mouse-driven PC clients of the mid 1990s. The interactiveness factor made it more engaging than different projects, for example, WordPerfect, which were frequently intensely keyboard driven.

Suites and integrated packages focused on various clients. Suites, specifically, were more costly- however offered huge incentive by packaging well known applications that would cost upwards of $1,500 if purchased independently versus $600 for the whole suite.

Incorporated bundles were considerably less expensive with fundamental highlights focusing on spending clients with specific needs, and they utilized less framework assets.

Office apps were developed and added to the Office bundle over the years, or were made available as add-ons:

* Outlook, a beefed up personal information manager and e-mail client

* OneNote, a virtual notebook system

* Publisher, a mid-level desktop publishing app

* Project, a project management program

* Visio, a flowchart and diagram creation app

Today, Microsoft Office 365 is reported to have more than a billion users worldwide. Office is available through retail, traditional volume licensing for businesses, and as Software as a Service (SaaS) in the form of Office 365. Microsoft is still actively developing versions of Office for the Mac. And, in March 2014, a version of Office for Apple’s iPad was launched.



Source by Davy Michael Jones

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