Discontinued Microsoft Business Software

Four Decades of Business Software

Microsoft's focus on business and enterprise software was part of its early heritage. The company's focus on operating system development was first priority, but Multiplan, Microsoft's competitor to VisiCalc, launched in 1982. It later became Excel. Dozens of other workplace-focused products followed.

While Microsoft has obviously had huge hits in the business computing realm, it's had some misses too. What follows is a catalog of retired Microsoft business software.

A lot of research went into creating this catalog, but as you can imagine, information can be hard to find about many of Microsoft's early applications -- especially those from the 1970s and 1980s. Please contact us if you have more items to add to the list, or discover inaccuracies. Thanks!

This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.

Last updated December 8, 2019.

Microsoft Chart (1984-1988)

Lifespan: 4 years
Microsoft Chart was a business graphing tool that ran on MS-DOS and the Mac. It supported 177 colors and up to 16 charts on a page, according to a Microsoft ad at the time (PC Magazine, April 1986). Version 2.0 retailed for as low as $169 in that issue. InfoWorld magazine reviewed Microsoft Chart 2.0 favorably for both the PC and Mac (InfoWorld, September 1986).

Version 3.0 had a list price of $395, and offered four typefaces to choose from. It required 320K of RAM, a graphics card, a disk drive, and DOS 3.1 (PC Magazine, March 1988).

Microsoft Chart 2.0 Box (1985)

Microsoft Chart 2.0 Box (1985)
Source: worthpoint.com

Microsoft Chart 1.0 for Mac About Screen (1984)

Microsoft Chart 1.0 for Mac About Screen (1984)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Chart 1.0 for Mac Interface (1984)

Microsoft Chart 1.0 for Mac Interface (1984)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Chart 2.02 for MS-DOS About Screen (1986)

Microsoft Chart 2.02 for MS-DOS About Screen (1986)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Stat Pack (1989-1992)

Lifespan: 3 years
Stat Pack was an interesting collection of reference materials. Claiming Instant access to business research data, it contained five U.S. federal government publications on a CD-ROM: The Statistical Abstract of the United States 1987, Public Land Statistics, Survey of Current Business, Area Wage Surveys, and Agricultural Statistics. It retailed for $125 (PC Magazine, March 1989).

Microsoft Stat Pack Box (1989)

Microsoft Stat Pack Box (1989)
Source: ebay.com

Microsoft Small Business Consultant (1989-1992)

Lifespan: 3 years
This CD-ROM retailed for $149 in 1989. An ad in PC Magazine described it as "The most popular publications of the Small Business Administration and the accounting firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells on running a small business. Find tips on writing a business plan, obtaining credit, personnel issues, import-export regulations, and more." (PC Magazine, August 1989)

Microsoft Small Business Consultant Box (1989)

Microsoft Small Business Consultant Box (1989)
Source: ebay.com

Microsoft Site Server (1996-1998)

Lifespan: 2 years
Site Server was a set of extensions that expanded the functionality of Internet Information Server. It had a variety of tools to help manage commerce, personalized content, and more. A single license sold for $1,499 in 1997. The Enterprise Edition was $4,999 (InfoWorld, May 1997).

Microsoft Site Server Box Cover and Interface (1998)

Microsoft Site Server Box Cover and Interface (1998)
Source: networkencyclopedia.com

Microsoft Vizact (2000)

Lifespan: 1 year
Vizact 2000 retailed for $150 and was a short-lived member of Office 2000. It leaned heavily on Microsoft's HTML+TIME standard to generate dynamic web pages. Unfortunately, those web pages were only compatible with IE 5.5. (PC Magazine, October 1999)

Microsoft Vizact Box Cover (2000)

Microsoft Vizact Box Cover (2000)
Source: twitter.com

Microsoft Vizact About Screen (2000)

Microsoft Vizact About Screen (2000)
Source: twitter.com

Microsoft BackOffice Server (1994-2001)

Lifespan: 7 years
Microsoft loves to bundle software, and BackOffice was no exception. BackOffice Server was a suite of server software that combined Windows NT, SQL Server, Mail Server, and other products. In an ideal world, it could have been the one-stop-shop for a small to medium size company. Of course, none of us lived in that world.

At the end of its lifecycle, it also contained Exchange Server, Index Server, Transaction Server, FrontPage, and Visual InterDev. Version 4.0 retailed for $2,499 per server (InfoWorld, February 1998). There was frustration about BackOffice licensing toward the end of it's run. (InfoWorld, June 2001)

Microsoft BackOffice 2.0 Installation Screen (1996)

Microsoft BackOffice 2.0 Installation Screen (1996)
Source: wordpress.com

BackOffice Install CDs and 4.5 Box Cover (2000)

BackOffice Install CDs and 4.5 Box Cover (2000)
Source: amazon.co.uk

Microsoft Data Analyzer (2002)

Lifespan: 1 year
Data Analyzer was a business intelligence tool that offered "Advanced Analytical and Visualization Capabilities" according to a Microsoft press release. It came bundled with Office XP. Portions of the tool were merged into the next version of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Data Analyzer Box Cover and Workspace (2002)

Microsoft Data Analyzer Box Cover and Workspace (2002)
Source: activewin.com

Microsoft Schedule Plus (1992-2003)

Lifespan: 11 years
Schedule Plus was a calendar and time management application that assisted individuals and small businesses with scheduling meetings and light project management tasks. PC and Mac versions were available. It was originally bundled with Windows 3.0, and then Office 97 and subsequent versions.

Microsoft Schedule Plus 7.0/95 About Screen (1995)

Microsoft Schedule Plus 7.0/95 About Screen (1995)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager (2005-2006)

Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager 2005 Interface (2007)

Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager 2005 Interface (2007)
Source: semanticscholar.org

Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006 (2005-2006)

Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006 Interface (2006)

Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006 Interface (2006)
Source: shoplack.com

Microsoft ProClarity Analytics Server (2006-2007)

Microsoft ProClarity Analytics Server 6.3 Interface (2006)

Microsoft ProClarity Analytics Server 6.3 Interface (2006)
Source: shoplack.com

Microsoft ProClarity Desktop Professional (2006-2007)

Microsoft ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3 Interface (2006)

Microsoft ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3 Interface (2006)
Source: shoplack.com

Microsoft ProClarity SharePoint Viewer (2006-2007)

Microsoft ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3 Performance Map (2013)

Microsoft ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3 Performance Map (2013)
Source: xlcubed.com

Microsoft Office Accounting (2006-2009)

Lifespan: 3 years
Office Accounting started off as Microsoft Small Business Accounting in 2006. The 2008 version originally retailed for $159.

Microsoft Office Accounting Splash Page (2009)

Microsoft Office Accounting Splash Page (2009)
Source: pinterest.com

Microsoft Works (1987-2009)

Lifespan: 22 years
Microsoft Works was an entry-level office suite that Microsoft produced for over two decades. Works was first for released for MS-DOS in 1987, for the Mac in 1988, and later for Windows 2.0 in 1991. It originally contained a word processor, spreadsheet, database, and telecommunications software. Later versions added other elements. MS Works was inspired by Apple's AppleWorks software, which served the same purpose. (InfoWorld, September 1986)

Microsoft Works 2.0 for Mac Splash Screen (1989)

Microsoft Works 2.0 for Mac Splash Screen (1989)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Works 4.5a Splash Screen (1997)

Microsoft Works 4.5a Splash Screen (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Works 9 Word Processor Templates (2007)

Microsoft Works 9 Word Processor Templates (2007)
Source: wordpress.com

Microsoft Works Box Covers (1991-1995)

Microsoft Works Box Covers (1991-1995)
Source: oldcomputers.co.za

Microsoft Commerce Server (2000-2009)

Lifespan: 9 years
Commerce Server was the descendant of Microsoft Site Server, which provided extensions and tools for Microsoft's web server. The product title left no questions as to the focus of the platform (thank goodness for truth in advertising). It enabled advanced e-commerce capabilities for small and large online retailers.

Microsoft Commerce Server Management Interface (2003)

Microsoft Commerce Server Management Interface (2003)
Source: itpro.co.uk

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server (2007-2009)

Lifespan: 2 years
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server has one of the longest names in Microsoft product history. At 40 characters long, without any modifiers like "Enterprise Edition" or something, it seriously might be the longest. When you add the year 2007 on it, which most publications do, it grows to 45 characters. This absolutely must have caused stress in the print publishing world, where space was at a premium.

Kudos to Microsoft for deprecating this product, saving both column inches and drive space in the process. Look at the application title in the screenshot below: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer. Two keyboards were worn out just writing that last sentence.

Microsoft PerformancePoint Server Dashboard Designer (2007)

Microsoft PerformancePoint Server Dashboard Designer (2007)
Source: devx.com

Microsoft Content Management Server (2002-2009)

Lifespan: 7 years
Content Management Server provided various services for editing, managing, and securing content on websites. It integrated well with Microsoft's existing development tools like Visual Studio.

Microsoft Content Management Server Site Manager (2001)

Microsoft Content Management Server Site Manager (2001)
Source: shoplack.com

Microsoft Customer Care Framework (2003-2009)

Lifespan: 6 years
Customer Care Framework provided customer service platforms and services for large businesses with multiple brands. After being shut down, some of the functionality was transferred to Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft Customer Care Framework Interface (2009)

Microsoft Customer Care Framework Interface (2009)
Source: microsoft.com

Microsoft Money (1991-2010)

Lifespan: 19 years
Redmond's venerable financial management package was originally released for Windows 3.0 in 1991. Seventeen separate versions of Microsoft Money were released until it met its demise in 2010. Microsoft was generous enough to release a free version called Microsoft Money Plus Sunset for it's final release.

Microsoft Money Plus Account List (2008)

Microsoft Money Plus Account List (2008)
Source: level1techs.com

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace/Office Groove (2006-2010)

Lifespan: 4 years
SharePoint Workspace started off life as an application called Groove, developed by Ray Ozzie's company Groove Networks. Ozzie was the creator of Lotus Notes. Microsoft acquired Groove Networks and briefly named the product Office Groove.

SharePoint Workspace was a set of a collaboration tools that allowed communication with team members who had inconsistent network access. It was deprecated in favor of a web-based version of SharePoint.

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 Start Screen (2010)

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 Start Screen (2010)
Source: microsoft.com

Windows Essential Business Server (2008-2010)

Lifespan: 2 years
Essential Business Server was a bundle of Windows Server 2008 with Exchange and other servers helpful for a small or medium size business. It only had one release before it was retired. It retailed for $5,499 in 2010.

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Product Slide (2008)

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Product Slide (2008)
Source: slideplayer.com

Windows Home Server (2007-2011)

Lifespan: 4 years
Windows Home Server was a beloved platform for running a small network of up to 10 computers with 10 users in a home office or small business setting. Of course, many PC enthusiasts used it for their personal needs too, and ultimately that is where it saw the most adoption. Fans were sad when it was retired. The 2011 version retailed for $140 at release.

Windows Home Server 2008 Interface (2010)

Windows Home Server 2008 Interface (2010)
Source: mediasmartserver.net

Microsoft Forefront (2007-2013)

Lifespan: 6 years
Forefront was a collection of security and threat-protection software Microsoft acquired from a company called Sybari in 2005.

Microsoft Forefront Dashboard (2010)

Microsoft Forefront Dashboard (2010)
Source: techrepublic.com

FAST Search Platform (2008-2013)

Microsoft FAST Search Platform Retirement Article (2013)

Microsoft FAST Search Platform Retirement Article (2013)
Source: directionsonmicrosoft.com

Microsoft InfoPath (2003-2014)

Lifespan: 11 years
InfoPath was a form-generation application that had four releases from 2003-2014. The 2003, 2007, and 2010 versions retailed for $110, $190, $230 at release, respectively.

Microsoft InfoPath 2013 Start Screen (2013)

Microsoft InfoPath 2013 Start Screen (2013)
Source: windowsreport.com

Sunrise App (2013-2016)

While Sunrise doesn't fit perfectly into the category of business software, it fits better in this category than any other on this website. So that's what we're going with. Sunrise Calendar was a phone and web application Microsoft acquired in 2015. It had an enthusiastic fanbase that was sad to see it go.

Sunrise Calendar App Screenshots (2015)

Sunrise Calendar App Screenshots (2015)
Source: appleinsider.com

Microsoft Forecaster (2010-2016)

Microsoft Forecaster 7.0 Interface (2011)

Microsoft Forecaster 7.0 Interface (2011)
Source: youtube.com

Dynamics Retail Management System Store Operations (2006-2016)

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Store Operations Interface (2016)

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Store Operations Interface (2016)
Source: youtube.com

Dynamics RMS Headquarters (2006-2016)

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Headquarters Interface (2017)

Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System Headquarters Interface (2017)
Source: youtube.com

Microsoft Management Reporter (2004-2016)

Microsoft Management Reporter 2012 Interface (2011)

Microsoft Management Reporter 2012 Interface (2011)
Source: microsoft.com

Dynamics Marketing (2014-2018)

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Interface (2014)

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Interface (2014)
Source: microsoft.com

Adxstudio Portals (2015-2018)

Adxstudio Portals Website (2016)

Adxstudio Portals Website (2016)
Source: wordpress.com

Microsoft Parature (2014-2018)

Parature Website After Microsoft Acquisition (2014)

Parature Website After Microsoft Acquisition (2014)
Source: findcloudhost.com

Power BI Workspace Collections (2016-2018)

Power BI Workspace Collections Retirement Announcement (2018)

Power BI Workspace Collections Retirement Announcement (2018)
Source: microsoft.com

Visio Services in SharePoint Online (2010-2019)

Visio Services in Sharepoint 2010 (2009)

Visio Services in Sharepoint 2010 (2009)
Source: microsoft.com

Windows Business Scanning/Distributed Scan Management (2009-2019)

Scanner Management Documentation Screenshot (2009)

Scanner Management Documentation Screenshot (2009)
Source: microsoft.com

Office Apps for Windows 10 Mobile (2015-2021)

Office Mobile Apps in Windows Store (2017)

Office Mobile Apps in Windows Store (2017)
Source: softpedia.com

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