Perhaps a little bit, but I distinctly recall feeling that it must've made their lives difficult. Secretaries are not technical people. Lose 95 was probably just released. In any event, I'm sure Office was out in some form, and thought both Word and PowerPoint were superior, sorry. What I don't remember is how you might have even sent a presentation to someone back then - don't think there was pdf yet? Showcase files don't seem to be that portable. PowerPoint was more ubiquitous.
Agree that Win2K was the first good MS OS, but Office was a good product earlier. Any good new features since '97?
Office 3.0 for Windows was out in '92, and my recollection is that was the first reasonably mature version of it as a suite on Windows. It is a little hard to remember, but back then, even though PowerPoint existed, it wasn't nearly the standard that it is today. PowerPoint "culture" had yet to take hold. In the early to mid '90s, presentations still were much more likely to be done by overhead transparencies, often made with a photocopier, or, for more formal presentations, using 35 mm slides that were constructed by snapping photos of printouts or other original material. Anyone else remember applying adhesive lettering to photos by hand, placing the photos (or laser printer output) on a light table, and then taking pictures of the work for slide output? It seems like very ancient history, but it was pretty common practice even into the late '90s. There was even some competition in the electronic presentation market: Aldus (later Adobe) Persuasion lasted until the late 90s, some people liked using a product called More on the mac, and there were a few others.
As an aside, I remember ooh'ing and ah'ing over my group's first "portable" computer projector around 1998. It output a dim 640x480 pixels, and it was about the size and four times the weight of the suitcase my grandparents used to carry their worldly possessions from Italy to America 120 years ago.
As for Acrobat, version 2.0 came out in '94, with 1996's version 3.0 probably being the version that started to get real traction, especially on the net.
It's interesting that you remarked about Office 97. I worked for one of the world's largest science/tech oriented firms for about a decade, and the firm was very conservative about upgrading its basic software infrastructure, often skipping whole generations of Office. In 1997, the company standardized its appx 150k workers from a hodgepodge of platforms and tools to NT 4 and Office 97 (aside from scientists and a few others who required UNIX or Macs). While we upgraded quickly to Windows 2000 when it came out, we stayed on Office 97 globally until its end-of-support in 2004, when we migrated en masse to the XP flavor of Windows and Office. In all of those years of exchanging documents inside and outside of the company, I only recall two occasions where Office 97 didn't handle features from a newer release, and in both cases, they were fairly trivial things, like a type of animation or graphics transparency. AFAIK, the company remains on Windows/Office XP and is just starting to migrate to Win7. No idea what version of Office it is moving to.
I have a small business now, and we use Office 2008 on the Macs and Office 2003 on the PCs. I'm kicking the tires on Office 2010 to see if the interface overhaul and web features are worthwhile.