Multiplan 1.x

edited April 28 in Product Comments

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  • Microsoft did port Multiplan for DOS to Microsoft Windows these was first Application for Windows. Microsoft Windows 1.00 at time was known as interface Manager. Microsoft Interface Manger did have specialize version of Microsoft Multiplan, Word, Chart these versions was different than DOS Versions. It will be nice if we find Microsoft Interface Manager some day.

  • Where do you find a reference to new versions of applications? As far as I have been able to find out, the Interface Manager offering was little more than a mock-up with the possibility of a demonstration of a multitasker sharing the menu design with the other MS products. Word for DOS could be in a graphical mode so the shared display would have to be in graphical mode and that means that Interface Manager may have looked like a character screen but it would have been technically a GUI.

  • Well, it seems there was in fact a Windows version of Multiplan developed at some point, as it can be seen in this photo from a French computer magazine:

    This appears to be close to the January 1985 Alpha. The application on the right is titled Windows Plan and looks almost exactly like the Macintosh Multiplan. This is the only time Windows Plan is seen as far as I can tell, though. Perhaps it was cancelled in favour of Excel, which replaced Multiplan on the Macintosh later that year.

  • Given the usual level chicanery in these demos, is there any evidence that it is not a demonstration program that displays a grid given a sham menu? Most demos of live spreadsheet programs included loaded data in the cells, to show off formatting options if nothing else.

  • edited April 28

    That's entirely possible, I just wanted to point out how closely it resembles the Macintosh Multiplan, down to capitalization in menu items. So whatever it was, I think it was clearly modeled after that, just like the original demo from 1983 looked like the DOS version of Multiplan.

  • I'm fairly sure that is just a mockup. There are various programming samples included with some of the pre-releases.

    For example, if you look at the 1983 "Windows" they have Windows applications with the names "Word", "Plan", and "Chart", but they clearly never do anything more than display some pre-programmed content. If you look closely, it even says "Multiplan".

  • edited June 11

    I found a Another Microsoft Multiplan Ad. This Ad appear to be from 1983 Byte Magazine. Box say Microsoft Multi-Tool Finical Statement. This the software was looking for it is name under Multi-Tool like Multi-Tool Word and Multi-Tool Notepad. It seen to be run on Multiplan MultiPlan

  • edited June 11

    There was also Microsoft Multi-Tool Budget, which made use of Multiplan.

    This is a photo of one that had been on eBay a way while back.

  • There were a lot of names for the Multiplan canned templates. Bad for collectors.

    PC Magazine has an article (Mar 6, 1984) which reviewed updated versions now known simply as Microsoft Budget and Microsoft Finance from the distinctly unwieldy Microsoft Multi-Tool Financial Statement Expert System and Microsoft Multi-Tool Budget Expert System. The use of Expert in the names had a very short run.

    I think there was another change in 1986 or 87 which made it clear that the product was an add-on to Multiplan but I am having troubling confirming it.

  • In 1983 late Microsoft change Multi-Tool name to generic name like Word, Notepad and Windows. Microsoft Finance and Microsoft Budget it hard to find Software Their was spotted on Ebay while back. The sellers on ebay probably a lot money for it. One day hope we find this software and a lot Microsoft software like Microsoft Interface Manager.

  • @johnlennon364 said:
    In 1983 late Microsoft change Multi-Tool name to generic name like Word, Notepad and Windows. Microsoft Finance and Microsoft Budget it hard to find Software Their was spotted on Ebay while back. The sellers on ebay probably a lot money for it. One day hope we find this software and a lot Microsoft software like Microsoft Interface Manager.

    I don't think we are going to find the Microsoft Interface Manager. If we found it. The price would be really high. But I think we won't find it since it's too rare. And probably we, will never see a copy of the Interface Manager.

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