The Microsoft Office: Over Two Decades Of Global Productivity and Innovation


Over two decades ago, Microsoft released its first version of “The Microsoft Office” in 1989.  What’s more interesting about that tidbit of history is that the first version of Microsoft Office was for the Macintosh. 

That’s right! The Apple Mac was the first Microsoft Office platform for organizational productivity and innovation. The program suite included  Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Mail.  It was the InfoWorld Product of the Year and MacUser magazine gave Word 4.0 the Editor’s Choice Award.  It wasn’t always PC vs Mac.

Now, twenty years later, Microsoft gets ready for the next wave of collaboration, productivity, social media, insight, communications, and innovation in Microsoft Office 2010.  A lot has changed.  We’ve gone from the advent of the CD-ROM to the advent of the “cloud.”

All of the stars from the original show are back again with new additions.  Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook (Mail), along with OneNote and Live Meeting, are all now Web Companions to Office on the PC and Mac.  The new stars on the desktop are InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, SharePoint Designer, Access, Project, Visio, OneNote, Communicator, and Publisher.  On the phone, we have Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Excel. On the server-side, we have Project Server, SharePoint Server, FAST Search for SharePoint, Search Server, Exchange Server, and Office Communications Server.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be diving into the Microsoft Office 2010 release wave from a educator’s and student’s perspective.  Stay tuned for the videos.  In the meantime, enjoy this look back at Microsoft 1989.

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