With Microsoft soon to launch Office 2013 which is jam packed with new features, I contemplate the history of Microsoft Office in becoming the essential “must have” for businesses and home computer users.

You may or may not (depending on how much of a techie lover you are!) remember November 19th 1990 – this was the day when Microsoft released The Microsoft Office for Windows, which included Word 1.1, Excel 2.0 and Powerpoint 2.0. This revolutionary software package no doubt helped contribute to Microsoft becoming the first company to exceed $1billion of sales in a year.

As the years went by, the programs that made up the Office family increased. Microsoft Mail was included in Office 92 so we could all send and receive emails and Access joined the family in Office 94. Each incarnation of Office has evolved to respond to advances in technology and user demands, with newer versions of each program being released every few years. 1995 was when the sleek Microsoft branding that we all know and love really got going as Office 95 was the first edition to have the same versions of all component programs, giving it a professional and integrated feel.

The success of Office is undoubtedly due to Microsoft’s ability to create different versions according to the needs of different user groups. With editions such as Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional to name a few – Microsoft allows the user to choose the perfect version for their requirements. If we add Office 2010 into the mix which is available in 94 languages and has the ability to add languages by downloading a Microsoft Language Pack, Office really caters for all needs on a global scale.

With over twenty years of pedigree behind it, Office 2013 is sure to be bigger and better than we have seen before. To reminisce about Microsoft Office over the years, check out this infographic brought to you by MicrosoftTraining.net and see which version was your favourite.

Microsoft Office History Infographic

This infographic was created by MicrosoftTraining.net

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