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Microsoft Works is a discontinued office suite developed by Microsoft. Works was smaller, was less expensive, and has fewer features than Microsoft Office or other major office suites. Its core functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Later versions have a calendar application and a dictionary while older releases included a terminal emulator. Works was available as a standalone program, and as part of a namesake home productivity suite. Because of its low cost ($40 retail, as low as $2 OEM), companies frequently pre-installed Works on their low cost machines.

Version history

Works for MS-DOS

  • Microsoft Works 1.05
  • Microsoft Works 1.12
  • Microsoft Works 2.0 and 2.00a
  • Microsoft Works 3.0, 3.0a and 3.0b

Works for Mac OS

  • Microsoft Works 1.0
  • Microsoft Works 2.0
  • Microsoft Works 3.0
  • Microsoft Works 4.0

Works for Microsoft Windows

  • Microsoft Works 2.0 and 2.0a (Windows 3.x)
  • Microsoft Works 3.0, 3.0a and 3.0b (Windows 3.x)
  • Microsoft Works 4.0, 4.0a, 4.5 and 4.5a (Windows 95)
  • Microsoft Works 2000 (v.5)
  • Microsoft Works 6.0 – Last version for Windows 95
  • Microsoft Works 7.0 – Last version for Windows 98 (original release)
  • Microsoft Works 8.0 – Last version for Windows 98 SE/Me/2000 – Fully compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  • Microsoft Works 8.5 (Free update[citation needed] for Works 8.0 and Microsoft Works Suite 2006 users)
  • Microsoft Works 9.0 – First version fully compatible with all versions of Windows Vista.
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