Microsoft's flagship suite of desktop business applications for Windows and Mac. All versions of the suite have included Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets) and PowerPoint (presentations). For the Office 2010 version breakdown, see Office 2010. See application suite.|
Microsoft Office 2010
The latest version of Office. It retains the new interface introduced with Office 2007 and adds numerous features along with sharing and social enhancements. See Office 2010.
Microsoft Office 2007
A major update to Office featuring a new Ribbon user interface and new file formats. See Office 2007 and Office file formats.
Microsoft Office 2003
Provides extensive support for XML and data collaboration. Office files can be saved as native XML for easier integration with other applications, and Microsoft's SharePoint portal turns Office into a groupware system administered on a Web server. Designed to be a front end to Microsoft's .NET initiative, Office 2003 applications run under XP and 2000 only. This version was billed as the Microsoft Office System, departing from the office suite nomenclature. Mainstream support ended in January 2009 with extended support to January 2014.
Office XP (2001)
Added document sharing over the Web, a significant document recovery feature and integrated Hotmail service. Mainstream support ended in 2006 with extended support to July 2011.
A major upgrade with numerous enhancements and changes. More integrated with the Web, it added collaboration features and support for opening and saving HTML documents, even doubling as an HTML editor. Extended support was available to July 2009.
Office 95 was the first 32-bit version of Office, followed by Office 97, which added Internet integration and Outlook. The formats in Excel 97, PowerPoint 97 and Word 97 were changed, but files could be saved in a dual 95/97 format for backward compatibility. Access 97 files were not backward compatible. The last 16-bit versions of Office were Office 4.x. See MSW abc's.