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Microsoft KB Archive/160530

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OFF97: Networks Supported by Microsoft Office 97

Article ID: 160530

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Office 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q160530

For a Microsoft Office XP version of this article, see 290539.
For a Microsoft Office 2000 version of this article, see 202947.


This article lists the network server and client software that is supported by Microsoft Office 97 for Windows.


The following network servers and clients were tested with Microsoft Office 97 Setup and the programs included with Microsoft Office 97:

   Server                             Client

   Microsoft Windows NT Server        Client for Microsoft Networks

   Microsoft Windows NT Workstation   Client for Microsoft Networks

   Microsoft Windows 95/98            Client for Microsoft Networks

   *Novell NetWare, 3.x and 4.x       32-bit NetWare client (see note)

   Banyan Vines 5.52 or later         32-bit Vines client

   Artisoft LANtastic 6.x or later    32-bit LANtastic client

   DEC Pathworks 5.0d or later        32-bit Pathworks client

   IBM LanServer 4.0                  32-bit LanServer client

NOTE: The client for NetWare Networks that is included with Microsoft Windows 95 is a 32-bit NetWare client. Novell also ships a 32-bit NetWare client. The two 32-bit clients from Novell that were tested were Netware 32b client for Microsoft Windows 95, version 2.11, and Netware client for Microsoft Windows NT beta, version 4.0.
Although these networks have been tested, you may still encounter problems when you install or use Microsoft Office 97 with any of these networks. Information that addresses such issues will appear in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as we become aware of the issues.

For additional information about networks supported by Microsoft Access 97, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

159366 ACC97: Setup Requirements for Microsoft Access 97

109739 ACC: Microsoft Access and Untested Networks

Network servers and clients not listed in this article were not tested and may not be supported by Microsoft Office 97.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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