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Microsoft Office 4.2.x

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
MD5: bb02cbe0c5079fb5d092465076675a59
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Office_4.2x_Upd-PowerMac.sit (15.08 KB)
MD5: 6c658fdd572d4469198911e3c1fe0861
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Microsoft_Office_4.2.1_Fr.sit (46.74 MB)
MD5: 86b9e667c8f71970b947889d60d54a2f
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (44.30 MB)
MD5: 7d3c28e56f45d17734ef2946b48ac8f2
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

• 1st DL is the CD-ROM version of Microsoft Office 4.2.1 which contains the installer and manuals.
• 2nd DL is an updater (English) for PowerPC that fixes some bugs.
• 3rd DL is the French version of Office 4.2.1, containing 36 installer disk images.
• 4th DL is the Dutch version of Office 4.2.1, CD-ROM. Also contains the PowerPC update mentioned in DL #2.

Microsoft Office 4.2

Preinstalled english version. (23.0 Mb).

The Installer disks download is from Disk 1 of the "Microsoft Select Application Pool". It includes floppy disk images, and also includes an installer within the folder named "Install from CD" which means you can install Office 4.2.1 without making 33 floppy disks or mounting 33 floppy disk images. The download is a disk img wrapped up with StuffIt 5.5. Also uploaded to the internal server.

Installer Disks for Office 4.2.1

Download from Mega.Co.Nz

Microsoft Office 4.2 is an office suite designed for the Mac. This software package is a compilation of some of Microsoft's most used programs. Included in Office 4.2 are Microsoft Word 6.0, Microsoft Excel 5.0 and Microsoft PowerPoint 4.0. Their look and feel is exactly the same as their counterparts developed for Windows based machines but this suite can be had for far less than more modern versions. A wide variety of people use this software package. Included in these are home users, businesses and quite a few universities.

The three main programs have very distinct uses. Microsoft Word 6.0 is a word processor that carries many upgrades over its predecessor. Microsoft Excel 5.0 is a spreadsheet program that incorporates a PivotTable Wizard that allows drop and drag movement of data by category name. Microsoft PowerPoint 4.0 is a presentation type piece of software that has become the standard in most of the large corporations that use Macs.

Office 4.2 incorporates macros and drag and drop between Office programs to make this suite even more powerful. For Word 6.0 AutoText is included that automatically fixes typographical errors and makes corrections an easier task. PowerPoint has a new feature that allows you to make a Word outline from your PowerPoint presentation.

This version of Office is compatible with most other types of apple software including QuickTime, AppleScript, PowerTalk and QuickDraw GX.

The applications in Microsoft Office 4.x were:
* Microsoft Word 6
* Microsoft Excel 5
* Microsoft PowerPoint 4

Architecture: 68k PPC

Mac computer with a 68030 or 68040 processor (68040 recommended) or any Power Mac
Mac OS 7~OS 8
8 MB of memory (16 MB recommended)

Not compatible with Mac OS 9.


MacNiels's picture
by MacNiels - 2020, March 9 - 3:49pm

Added the Office 4.2.1 installer CD ROM, Dutch language which also includes the PPC update. It's a Toast image compressed with ZIP.

pat's picture
by pat - 2016, December 13 - 1:38am

Application could not be opened because "Microsoft Component Library--CoSharedMemFree" could not be found.

MacMaster's picture
by MacMaster - 2016, August 14 - 1:54pm

You are welcome MikeTomTom. It’s always nice to contribute to the garden!

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2016, August 14 - 2:03am

Thank you MacMaster - It's great to get the French version archived here.

MacMaster's picture
by MacMaster - 2016, August 13 - 11:51pm

Hey guys! I add my original French version of Microsoft Office 4.2.1. It comes from my floppy collection. The .sit file contains 37 .img files. Floppy 1 to 36 is for the installation and floppy 37 is to install the PowerPoint viewer (Visionneuse PowerPoint). I hope you will enjoy it.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2014, April 11 - 2:55pm

Is there any official statement from Microsoft's side on this Site (if yes, where?) or was it taken down precautionly ?
This is ridiculous, this piece of software is over 20 years old and out of sale for almost 15 years by now. Microsoft has recently donated even the sourcecode of "Word for Windows 1.1" which was current 1991-1994.

What is next ? All of Apple's discontinued software (Mac OS, Claris Software, Hypercard, MacPaint, MacDraw, …) ?
If we take all software down, you can close MG as well and these pieces of software history of Macintosh might be lost forever !

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by macjames - 2014, April 11 - 9:49am

No download available on request of Microsoft Corporation? How did this version survived this long here? I fear for the remaining old Office Suites. Now that the Garden limits are greater, i was planning to "preserve" the gold edition of '98, now i am not too sure Sad

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2012, November 27 - 11:16pm

Thanks mrdav, much appreciated.

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by mrdav - 2012, November 27 - 8:33am

I have decided to upload the installer floppy disks that are on the Microsoft Select Application Pool, rather than my own copies. I could not be sure that my disks had not acquired personal registration details and I had no fresh Mac OS install to test this out. The picture of the floppy disk that I uploaded is from my own disk set.

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by TataMisia - 2012, November 26 - 1:25pm

I renew today this record, because disappear Sad