Retired Educational Microsoft Products
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This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.
Last updated December 17, 2019.
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|Complete List of Microsoft Sunset Products (346)|
Microsoft Musical Instruments (1992)
Microsoft Art Gallery (1993)
Microsoft Art Gallery Title Screen (1993)
Microsoft Art Gallery Description of Alterpieces (1993)
Microsoft Dinosaurs (1993)
Microsoft Dinosaurs Box Cover (1993)
Microsoft Dinosaurs Home Screen (1993)
Microsoft Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot (1993)
Microsoft Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot CD Cover (1993)
Microsoft Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot User Interface (1993)
Gahan Wilson's The Ultimate Haunted House (1993)
Microsoft Dangerous Creatures (1994)
Lifespan: 1 year
Microsoft leaned in heavily to the educational space in the 1990s, with a series of titles from their Microsoft Home group. Dangerous Creatures educated children about animals from around the globe with images, audio, and videos.
Microsoft Dangerous Creatures Home Screen (1994)
Microsoft Dangerous Creatures Atlas (1994)
Microsoft Ancient Lands (1994)
Microsoft Ancient Lands Intro Screen (1994)
Microsoft Ancient Lands Map Screen (1994)
Microsoft The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Architect (1994)
The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Architect Title Screen (1994)
The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Architect Building Detail Screen (1994)
Microsoft SoundBits (1992-1994)
Microsoft Complete Baseball (1994-1995)
Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball (1994-1995)
Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball Title Screen (1994)
Microsoft Complete NBA Basketball Michael Jordan Player Detail (1994)
Microsoft Oceans (1995)
Microsoft 500 Nations (1995)
Microsoft 500 Nations Box Cover (1995)
Microsoft 500 Nations Map (1995)
Microsoft World of Flight (1995)
Microsoft World of Flight Title Screen (1995)
Microsoft World of Flight South Pacific Detail (1995)
Microsoft Dogs (1995)
Microsoft Dogs Title Screen (1995)
Microsoft Dogs Breed Detail (1995)
Microsoft Wine Guide (1995)
Microsoft Wine Guide Title Screen (1995)
Microsoft Wine Guide Region Map (1995)
Julia Child: Home Cooking with Master Chefs (1995)
Microsoft Composer Collection (1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Mozart: The Dissonant Quartet (1992-1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Mozart: The Dissonant Quartet Box Front (1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Mozart: The Dissonant Quartet Interface (1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony (1992-1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Schubert: The Trout Quintet (1992-1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (1992-1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Install (1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Main Menu (1995)
Microsoft Multimedia Strauss: Three Tone Poems (1992-1995)
Microsoft Ghostwriter Mysteries (1995)
P.J.'s Reading Adventures (1995)
Microsoft Explorapedia: The World of Nature (1995)
Microsoft Explorapedia: The World of People (1995)
Microsoft Complete Gardening (1996)
Microsoft Complete Gardening Box Cover (1996)
Microsoft Complete Gardening User Interface (1996)
Microsoft Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide (1996)
Microsoft Reader's Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide Mention in Billboard Mag (1996)
Microsoft Cinemania (1992-1997)
Microsoft Cinemania 95 CD Cover (1995)
Microsoft Cinemania Goodfellas Movie Detail (1996)
Microsoft Music Central (1996-1997)
Lifespan: 1 year
Music Central was a compendium of songs and information on artists, with a 60,000 album dicography database. It also had videos and reviews. It was the music equivalent of Microsoft Cinemania. It sold for $45 (September 24,1996 PC Magazine).
Microsoft Music Central 96 CD (1996)
Microsoft Music Central 97 Home Screen (1997)
My Personal Tutor (1997)
The Magic School Bus (1994-2001)
Microsoft The Magic School Bus CD Collection (2000)
The Magic School Bus: Whales & Dolphins (2001)
Microsoft Bookshelf (1987-2000)
Lifespan: 13 years
Bookshelf was a powerful suite of research tools contained in CD-ROM format for both PCs and Macs. The product contained a dictionary, thesaurus, almanac, chronology, quotation dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, web directory, zip code directory, and post office directory. It retailed for $295 in 1987 (March 9, 1987 InfoWorld).
Microsoft Bookshelf 95 running on Windows 3.1 (1995)
Microsoft Bookshelf running on Classic Mac OS (1997)
Microsoft Encarta (1993-2009)
Lifespan: 16 years
Microsoft Encarta Home Screen on Windows 3.1 (1993)
Microsoft Encarta Map of the United States on Windows 3.1 (1993)
Microsoft Student (2006-2009)
Microsoft MapPoint (2000-2013)
Lifespan: 13 years
Microsoft Streets & Trips (1988-2013)
Lifespan: 25 years
Microsoft AutoRoute (2001-2015)
Lifespan: 14 years
Microsoft Classroom (2016-2018)
Lifespan: 2 years
Microsoft Reader (2000-2018)
Lifespan: 18 years
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