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From that list, here are a few that seem to have survived and escaped
in to the wild. Corel Draw 1.10 turned up and runs nicely under Windows
Aldus PageMaker 3.0 also surfaced. They probably skipped the version
number 2.0 to be on par with their Macintosh version. It is specifically
designed for Windows 2.
Micrografx Designer 1.1 has been floating around for quite a while
I've mentioned this one before, but it deserves mentioning again. Pubtech
Desktop for Windows 2! It provides a somewhat Mac like desktop for Windows
Windows 2 was the first version of Windows to see ports of Microsoft
Word and Excel.
Both Word and Excel were released for the Macintosh prior to their Windows
There seems to be some possible mis-information about the earliest versions
of Excel for Windows. From my research it looks like the first version
of Excel for Windows was "2.0" (to match the Mac version) in late 1987,
followed by a "2.01" update in early 1988, and then "2.1" followed
up by several smaller updates indicated by a letter after the number. The
2.x version ran on Windows 2.
Surprisingly, the very original Excel "2.0" for Windows - if this information
is correct - does not seem to be floating around out there. (Again, if
anyone knows of a copy if this specific version...)
Not too exciting, but I found a copy of a 1990 PC Magazine benchmark
utility for Windows 2 and OS/2 1.x.
The same site that shows PC Paintbrush for Windows 1.05 has what looks
like another painting program called "EyeStar Plus".
Update: A few more Windows 2 applications turned up!
Magic Screen Saver 1.02 is a freeware screen saver for Windows 2. It
is also the direct predecessor to the famous After Dark.
Several shareware desktop shells also turned up. For those see my Command
Post and METZ Desktop Navigator pages.
ABC Flowcharter 1.11 is a program for creating flow chart diagrams
that runs under Windows 2.
A spanish version of AMI Pro 1.2 turned up. Obviously there should
be an english version out there somewhere. (And 1.0 versions are always
nice to have)
Micrografx Draw Plus 1.1, a vector based drawing program with a clipart
libary, turned up.
Version 1.22 of ZSoft PC Paintbrush for Windows is a later 1989 release,
quite similar to the 1.05 version.
This version, however only runs under Windows 2, and bundles scanner
Surprisingly, it turns out the first version of Microsoft Project for
Windows is actually a Windows 2 application. It was released around the
same time as Windows 3.0 and describes running it under Windows 3.0 in
In addition to the full version, Microsoft released a "working model"
demo version of Project 1.0 for Windows.
Microsoft Pageview is strangely a primitive program for a commercial
product. All it does is graphically display, print, and insert graphics
into documents created with Microsoft Word for DOS 3 or 4. And for all
that it bundles a Windows 2 runtime.
Note that this was released almost two years before Word for Windows
Xerox Presents 1.0, a presentation tool similar to PowerPoint, also
This program can create slides with charts and graphs using various
vector based clipart.
It also come bundled with the Windows 2 runtime.
And of course, now Windows 2 has WineMine!
For historical preservation:
Corel Draw 1.10d
Aldus Page Maker 3
PC Magazine Labs Performance
Micrografx Designer 1.1
Pubtech File Organizer 2.11
Windows 2 drivers (Paradise, Video 7, and now
ET-4000, Tseng, and Video 7 VEGA)
Terminal program for Windows 2
AMI Pro 1.2 [Spanish]
ABC Flowcharter 1.11
PC Paintbrush For Windows 1.22
Micrografx Draw Plus 1.1
Screen Saver 1.02
Metz Desktop Navigator 2.41
Metz Desktop Navigator 2.50
Metz Destkop Navigator 2.53
Comand Post 5.2
Microsoft Project 1.0 Demo
Microsoft Pageview 1.0
Xerox Presents v1.0
More Misc Windows 2 Shareware
Micrografx Windows Convert
2.3 and Manual
Even More Misc Windows 2 Shareware
Type Foundry 1.10
TVGA 8900 Drivers Utilities
Since I put this page up, it has become clear that there was a lot more
Windows 2 software than I first though.
The following are Windows 2 programs that are available elsewhere
1.0 for Windows
of Power 1990 Edition
Omnis 5 Database
IBM Current 1.00
(There was also a 1.10 for Windows 2.x)
(Requires Logitech Scanman hardware)
for PC Networks 2.1
drivers for Cornerstone DualPage 1600 video card
drives for Genius Display
and Leters 2.x
Superbase 4 Windows
Intel FAX hardware)
NBI Legend Word
Keep in mind, all versions of old software and their documentation are
worth preserving in one way or another. Future historians will thank you!
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