Microsoft Multiplan For DOS

This is Part 1 Microsoft Application for MS-DOS Series. Today start with Microsoft Multiplan For DOS. Because Multiplan was Microsoft first serious Application for MS-DOS Operation System. I today using Microsoft Multiplan 2.01 for DOS because came some samples files.  Microsoft Multiplan can run VirtualBox. Microsoft Multiplan for MS-DOS 1.xx series will not run VirtualBox. Microsoft Multiplan for MS-DOS 2.xx to 4.xx can run on VirtualBox.

Multiplan was an early spreadsheet program developed by Microsoft. Known initially by the code name “EP” (for “Electronic Paper”), it was introduced in 1982 as a competitor for VisiCalc.

Multiplan was released first for computers running CP/M; it was developed using a Microsoft proprietary p-code C compiler as part of a portability strategy that facilitated ports to systems such as MS-DOS, Xenix, Commodore 64 and 128, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A (on four 6K GROMs and a single 8K ROM), Radio Shack TRS-80 Model II, TRS-80 Model 4, TRS-80 Model 100 (on ROM), Apple II, and Burroughs B20 series. The CP/M version was also runnable on the TRS-80 Model II and 4, Commodore 128, and Apple II with a CP/M card. In France, Multiplan was also released for the Thomson computers in 1986.

Despite the release of Microsoft Chart, a graphics companion program, Multiplan continued to be outsold by Lotus 1-2-3. It was replaced by Microsoft Excel, which followed some years later on both the Apple Macintosh (1985) and Microsoft Windows (1987).

Microsoft Multiplan first Microsoft product to have menu bottom on bottom screen this continue with other Microsoft Product of the time like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Chart, Microsoft Access BIA, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Life, Microsoft Notepad for DOS Microsoft File and Microsoft Interface Manager

Microsoft Multiplan version 2.01 for DOS on VirtualBox 5.2

VirtualBox_MS-DOS 3.30_15_05_2020_08_14_03

You can Load and Save Files by using Transfer button bottom of screen

VirtualBox_MS-DOS 3.30_15_05_2020_08_15_36

VirtualBox_MS-DOS 3.30_15_05_2020_08_16_00

To Load File the type file name use filename extensions

VirtualBox_MS-DOS 3.30_15_05_2020_10_04_06

The Loaded Files appear on Microsoft Multiplan 2.01 for DOS

VirtualBox_MS-DOS 3.30_15_05_2020_08_19_07

Microsoft Multiplan for Microsoft Multiplan for Microsoft Interface Manager


Microsoft Multiplan for Microsoft Windows 1.00 Beta appear in French computer magazine.


Download Link Microsoft Multiplan 2.01 For DOS


I optional is Microsoft Multiplan was head of time. Sprite Microsoft Multiplan being out beat it and out spend by VisiCalc and later Lotus 123 Microsoft. Multiplan still millions copies. Microsoft Multiplan larger niches market in the 8-Bit Computer World  Without Microsoft Multiplan there will not be Microsoft Excel. Later Microsoft Excel with it beat Lotus 123 and become most dominant Spreadsheet Application all time beat out Lotus 123.

See you for part 2 Microsoft Word for DOS