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Microsoft Home was a line of software applications and personal hardware products published by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Home software titles first appeared in the middle of 1993. These applications were designed to bring multimedia to Microsoft Windows and Macintosh personal computers and, by 1994, more than 60 products were available in the Microsoft Home line. The success of the Microsoft Windows operating system could be attributed to the availability and range of Microsoft Home software. The range of software catered for many different consumer interests from gaming with Microsoft Arcade and Entertainment Packs to reference titles such as Microsoft Encarta, Bookshelf and Cinemania. Shortly after the release of Microsoft Windows 95, the company began to reduce the price of Microsoft Home products and by 1998, Microsoft began to phase out the line of software. Today, Microsoft Home products can still be found on eBay every once in a while, and they are beginning to fetch collector prices. However, some of them are available for download on the Internet. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Image File history File links Microsoft_Home. ... Image File history File links Microsoft_Home. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Windows redirects here. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Microsoft Arcade was a package of classic arcade games released in 1993 on a single 1. ... The original Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack (WEP) was a collection of simply-designed computer games for the Windows 3. ... Encarta Dictionary Technology (to be written) Encarta made use of various Microsoft technologies. ... Microsoft Bookshelf was a reference collection introduced in 1987 as part of Microsofts pioneering work in promoting CD-ROM technology as a distribution medium for electronic publishing. ... Microsoft Cinemania was a reference and educational application produced by Microsoft. ... The Start button made its debut in Windows 95. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ...

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Titles

Microsoft Home produced software for all different uses and environments. The products were divided into five categories: Reference & Exploration, Entertainment, Kids, Home & Small Business Management, Sounds, Sights & Gear. The category in which the product was divided is identifiable by the package. Generally, Reference & Exploration products have a purple base color, Entertainment has a black base color, Kids has a yellow base color, Home & Small Business Management has a green color and Sounds, Sights & Gear products have a grey or red base color. Note that many applications were developed in conjunction with other reputable software and reference companies. For example, Microsoft Musical Instruments was developed with Dorling Kindersley. Dorling Kindersley (DK) is an international publishing company specialising in reference books for adults and children. ...


Reference & Exploration

Microsoft Home Reference products brought information to Multimedia Personal Computers - it was an effective way of presenting and exploring information before the World Wide Web became mainstream. These products were embellished with hyperlink navigation systems, which were relatively new at this time. Most of these products were released on CD-ROM, giving the software the ability to display high-resolution graphics and animations, and play high-quality waveforms and MIDI files. These products proved that personal computers would revolutionize the way that we find and explore information. WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... // A hyperlink (often referred to as simply a link), is a reference or navigation element in a document to another section of the same document, another document, or a specified section of another document, that automatically brings the referred information to the user when the navigation element is selected by... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ...

Name Year of First Release Retail Price when New
Microsoft Encarta '95 1995 US$99.95/CAD$139.95
Microsoft Bookshelf '94 1994 US$69.95/CAD$99.95
Microsoft Cinemania '95 1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Complete Baseball 1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball 1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Ancient Lands 1994 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Dinosaurs 1993 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Dangerous Creatures 1994 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Dogs 1995
Microsoft Musical Instruments 1992 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot 1993 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Art Gallery 1994 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Architect 1994 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Composer Collection 1995 US$79.95/CAD$109.95
Microsoft Multimedia Mozart: The Dissonant Quartet 1992-1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony 1992-1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Multimedia Schubert: The Trout Quintet 1992-1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring 1992-1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Multimedia Strauss: Three Tone Poems 1992-1995 US$59.95/CAD$79.95
Microsoft Bob 1995 US$99.00/

Encarta Dictionary Technology (to be written) Encarta made use of various Microsoft technologies. ... Microsoft Bookshelf was a reference collection introduced in 1987 as part of Microsofts pioneering work in promoting CD-ROM technology as a distribution medium for electronic publishing. ... Microsoft Cinemania was a reference and educational application produced by Microsoft. ...

Entertainment

In the early 1990's, games on personal computers generally ran on the outdated MS-DOS Operating System. However, with the introduction of Microsoft Windows 3.1x in 1992, Microsoft Home published several entertainment applications that implemented the new technologies of Microsoft Windows. Furthermore, these applications encouraged the computer gamers of the time to migrate from MS-DOS to Microsoft Windows. This transition permitted better use of computer graphics, revolutionized game programming and resulted in a more realistic gaming experience. For example, Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack Games have remained a classic for computer gamers, ever since their development in the early 1990's. Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Game programming, a subset of game development, is the programming of computer, console or arcade games. ... The original Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack (WEP) was a collection of simply-designed computer games for the Windows 3. ...

Name Year of First Release Retail Price when New
Microsoft Fury3 1995
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 1993 US$49.95/CAD$64.95
Scenery Enhancements for Microsoft Flight Simulator Version 5.0:
  • Microsoft Caribbean
  • Microsoft Japan
  • Microsoft Paris
  • Microsoft New York
1995 US$34.95/CAD$49.95
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 1995
Microsoft Golf Version 2.0 1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Golf Version 1.0 (Multimedia Edition) 1993 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Golf Championship Courses:
  • Mauna Kea Championship Course
  • Banff Springs Championship Course
  • Pinehurst Championship Course
1993 US$24.95/CAD$34.95
Microsoft Space Simulator 1995 US$49.95/CAD$64.95
(The Best of) Microsoft Entertainment Pack 1995 US$24.95/CAD$34.95
Microsoft Arcade 1993 US$34.95/CAD$44.95

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Kids

Microsoft Home's software for kids was popular not only for home use, but also in school and educational institutions. Microsoft proved that the personal computer should not be daunting, but can be used by the whole family. Tying in with the TV series, Microsoft Scholastic's The Magical School Bus was a highly successful series that continued to be sold after Microsoft Home's kids range of software turned into a subsidiary called Microsoft Kids. The Magic School Bus is a series of books intended to teach scientific concepts to children. ... Microsoft Kids Logo Microsoft Kids was a division of Microsoft Corp. ...

Name Year of First Release Retail Price when New
Microsoft Scholastic's The Magical School Bus:
  • Explores Bugs
  • Explores in the Age of the Dinosaurs
  • Explores inside the Earth
  • Explores the Human Body
  • Explores the Ocean
  • Explores the Rainforest
  • Explores the Solar System
1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Rudyard Kipling's "How the Leopard Got His Spots" (a story from the Just So Stories for Little Children collection). 1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House 1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Fine Artist 1993 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Microsoft Creative Writer 1993 US$49.95/CAD$69.95
Ghostwriter Mysteries for Creative Writer 1995 US$19.95/CAD$29.95
3D Movie Maker 1995
Microsoft Explorapedia:
  • The World of People
  • The World of Nature
1995 US$49.95/CAD$69.95

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Home & Small Business Management

Name Year of First Release Retail Price when New
Microsoft BOB 1995 US$99.00
Microsoft Great Greetings for Microsoft BOB 1995
Microsoft Money Version 3.0 1994 US$14.95/CAD$24.95
Microsoft Publisher Version 2.0 1993 US$99.95/CAD$139.95
Microsoft Publisher Design Packs:
  • Microsoft Publisher StyleLine Design Pack
  • Microsoft Publisher Design Pack
  • Microsoft Publisher Special Occasions Design Pack
1993? US$39.95/CAD$54.95
Microsoft Works 3.0 for Windows US$99.95/CAD$139.95
Microsoft Works 3.0 for Windows on CD US$99.95/CAD$139.95
Microsoft Works 4.0 for Macintosh US$99.95/CAD$139.95
Microsoft Works and Bookshelf '94 US$99.95/CAD$139.95

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Sights, Sounds & Gear

Name Year of First Release Retail Price when New
Microsoft Scenes Version 2.0
  • Sierra Club Wildlife Collection
  • Sierra Club Nature Collection
  • Undersea Collection
  • Sports Extremes Collection
  • Flight Collection
  • Hollywood Collection
  • Brain Twister Collection
1994 US$24.95/CAD$34.95
Microsoft Natural Keyboard 1994 US$99.95/CAD$129.95
Microsoft Mouse 1993 US$64.95/CAD$84.95
Microsoft Windows Sound System Version 2.0 1995 US$59.95/CAD$84.95
Microsoft Home Mouse 1995 US$44.95/$59.95
Microsoft SoundBits
  • Microsoft SoundBits - Hanna-Barbera
  • Microsoft SoundBits - Hollywood
  • Microsoft SoundBits - Musical Instruments
1992-1994 US$24.95/CAD$34.95

Windows Sound System (WSS) was a sound card specification developed by Microsoft for use in their Windows 3. ...

Other & Unsorted (Currently being Updated)

  • 1994 Impressionist Collection
  • 1995 Wine Guide
  • 1995 Oceans
  • 1995 World of Flight.
  • 1995 Deadly Tides (underwater fighting machines).
  • 1995 Automap Streets (cities in 48 states + Hawaii)
  • 1995 Automap Road Atlas (Canada, USA & Mexico).
  • 1995 500 Nations (North American Indian tribes and civilisations)
  • 1996 Music Central

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System Requirements

The system requirements for Microsoft Home software, by today's standards, is relatively modest.


Platforms

The Microsoft Home software series was designed to run on a variety of operating system platforms. The different platforms that have been implemented in Microsoft Home software include:

  • Microsoft MS-DOS (e.g. for Flight Simulator 5.1)
  • Microsoft Windows 3.xx (e.g. for Microsoft Entertainment Pack)
  • Microsoft Windows 95/Windows for Workgroups 3.11 with win32s (e.g. for Microsoft Fury3)
  • Apple Macintosh System 7 (e.g. for Microsoft Fine Artist)
  • Apple MacOS 7.5 and above (e.g. for Microsoft Cinemania '96)

Media Configurations

Titles could come in several different media configurations:

  • Single Media Software Package on Floppy Disk or CD-ROM (One set of media for a specific platform)
  • Single Media Software Package with a Multi-Platform CD-ROM (One set of media for several platforms)
  • Dual Media Software Package on Floppy Disk (Several sets of media for different platforms or densities)

Generally the floppy-disk software packages also include a disk order coupon for users of low-density floppy disk drives or 5.25" drives.


Recommended System Requirements

From Microsoft Home Software Catalog Winter/Spring 1995;


Multimedia PC

To run Microsoft CD-ROM multimedia products, you need:

  • A Multimedia PC or compatible with a 386SX or higher microprocessor, 4 MB of RAM, minimum 2.5-5 MB of available hard disk space per product, CD-ROM drive, sound board, and Super VGA display capable of 256 colors.
  • Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1 or later.
  • MS-DOS operating system version 3.1 or later.
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
  • Headphones or speakers.

Microsoft Windows-Compatible

To run Microsoft products for Windows, you need:

  • Microsoft Windows version 3.1 or later.
  • MS-DOS version 3.1 or later.
  • 386SX microprocessor.
  • 4 MB of RAM.
  • High-density disk drive.
  • Super VGA display capable of 256 colors.
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
  • Sound board.

Microsoft MS-DOS-Compatible

To run Microsoft products for MS-DOS, you need:

  • MS-DOS version 5.0 or later.
  • 386SX or higher microprocessor.
  • 2 MB of RAM (4 MB and expanded or extended memory recommended).
  • High-density disk drive.
  • Super VGA display capable of 256 colors.
  • Microsoft Mouse of compatible pointing device recommended.
  • Sound board recommended.
  • Compatible with joystick.

Macintosh Series

To run Microsoft products for the Macintosh, you need:

  • Any Macintosh computer with a Macintosh-compatible color monitor.
  • 4 MB of RAM.
  • System 7 or later.
  • A hard-disk drive and one floppy-disk drive.

(CD-ROM drive required for multimedia products.)

  • Compatible with joystick.

Sample System Requirements

Microsoft Scenes 2.0 Sierra Wildlife Collection - Wallpaper and Screensaver Manager Software
From the back of the box:
To use the Microsoft Scenes Sierra Club Wildlife Collection you need:

  • Personal computer with a 386 or higher microprocessor
  • 2 MB of available memory
  • One 3.5" high-density (1.44 MB) disk drive and a hard drive with 3 MB available
  • MS-DOS operating system version 3.1 or later
  • Microsoft Windows operation system version 3.1 or later
  • A VGA or higher-resolution monitor (256-color Super VGA monitor recommended)
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device recommended

Note: This package includes 3.5" high-density disks and a coupon for 5.25" high-density disks.


References

  • Microsoft Home Software Catalog Winter/Spring 1995 (from Microsoft The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright) 1194 Part No. 098-56862

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