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Added On: 03/10/19   |    Category: Retro Software    |    Number of Views: 655

Microsoft Office Standard 1996, Word, Excel, Power Point and Mail on 3.5" Floppy Disk. Windows 3.1, MS-DOS   

A few years I was given an old version of Microsoft Office from 1996, that was about to be put in the bin. This software might be worthless to some people, but for me it is an important part of our computing history.

Today we talk in giga and terabytes, which is why I find the requirements of older software so interesting.

A full installation of Microsoft Office Standard required twenty, 3.5" Floppy Disks.
You needed a 386 processor or higher with 4MB of memory, but 8MB was recommended when running multiple programs.

You needed 68MB of hard drive space for a full installation. A minimal installation required 21MB.

Once installed you got:
Microsoft Word 6.0
Excel 5.0
Power Point 4.0
Microsoft Mail 3.2 (Electronic mail system for PC)

Long gone are the days when you used to get a proper box and instruction manuals.
I might at some point add a video. In the meantime please take a look at the images below.