This article was updated and rechecked on 14th of October 2020

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Added: 3rd of October 2019

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

A few years I rescued an old version of Microsoft Office standard from 1996, that was about to be put in the bin. This might appear to be worthless to so 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 applications.

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

Once Office was fully 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 with your product.
I might at some point add a video. In the meantime please take a look at the images below.