Microsoft recently clelebrated 25 years of its famous Office suite of projects. Here’s a gander at where it began and how it has developed into what it is today.
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 Office 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 Microsoft 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.
Microsoft Office 1.0 November 1990
Microsoft Office 3.0 August 1992
Microsoft Office 4.0 January 1994
Microsoft Office 95 (7.0) August 1995
Microsoft Office 97 (8.0) November 1996
Microsoft Office 2000 (9.0) June 1999
Microsoft Office XP (10.0) May 2001
Microsoft Office 2003 (11.0) November 2003
Microsoft Office 2007 (12.0) January 2007
Microsoft Office 2010 (14.0) June 2010
Microsoft Office 2013 (15.0) January 2013
Microsoft Office 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 1990’s. The inter-activeness factor made it more engaging than different projects, for example, Word Perfect, 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
* One Note, 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 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.