Take the Confusion out of Microsoft versions

Let’s talk about Microsoft Terminology, the versions and the numbers involved.

When I ask people what version of Windows they have or what version of Office they have, I find that they sometimes get the numbers mixed up…

If you have a PC (not a Mac), these versions will be applicable.

What Version of Windows do you have?

  • Hopefully Windows 10
  • Prior to Windows 10 is Windows 8.0
  • Prior to Windows 8.0 (8.0 was very short-lived) is Windows 7.0
  • Prior to Windows 7.0 there is a long list…

What Version of Microsoft OFFICE do you have?

  • Microsoft 365 (new name for Office 365 as of April 2020)
  • Office 365 (there are no other numbers involved here – it is 365 because it means it will be constantly updated, so you will always have the up-to-date version)
  • Office 2019 (Windows & MAC version)
  • Office 2016 (Windows & MAC version)
  • Office 2013
  • Office 2011 (MAC version only)
  • Office 2010
  • Office 2007
  • Office 2003
  • Office XP

You see how this can be confusing.

Microsoft changed their naming and numbering system.

These are the numbers (of course there are older versions, but I didn’t bother going that far back).

You can’t have Windows 365.

And you can’t have Office 10.

But it is easy to get the numbers mixed up, so no worries, we can figure it out…