A Brief Introduction to Microsoft Office

People using computers, laptops and smartphones have heard much about Microsoft office or MS office. They buy or download it online from different sources in order to install in their computing devices.

What is Microsoft office?

Microsoft office is basically an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft Corporation. It includes a number of programs named MS Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Released in 1990, MS office has extensive uses in offices and commercial sectors. It is available in 35 different languages and supported by major operating systems like supported by Windows, Mac and most Linux variants.

Targeting the different end-users and computing environments, MS Office is produced in several versions. The most widely used version is the desktop version. It is available with Windows and macOS operating systems.

Keeping pace with the time and making it more user-friendly, different versions of Microsoft office have come. The latest desktop version is Office 2016 for Windows and macOS.

Microsoft office 2007 is highly popular till now.  It runs well in the different operating system.

MS office was built with a collection of applications to execute multiple office works and automate the manual office and business work.  However, each application has been built to meet some specific purposes.

Given below are a few of these:

Microsoft Word

It is also known as MS word and used to create text documents. Commercial versions of MS Word are licensed as a standalone product or as a part of Microsoft Office, Windows RT or the discontinued Microsoft Works suite.

Microsoft Excel: MS Excel is basically a spreadsheet used in the commercial sector in order to create simple to complex data. It is developed to run well on different operating system Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features various functions for calculation.  It includes pivot tables, graphing tools, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Initially named Presenter, Microsoft PowerPoint is a stand-alone application and presentation program to use on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems. This slide-based presentation program has extensive uses for creating slides in formats for powerful presentations.

Microsoft Access

As the name suggests Microsoft Access is a database management system (DBMS) that stores data in its own style and format on the Access Jet Database Engine and import or link directly to data stored in other applications and databases for quick access.

Microsoft Publisher                                                   

The name itself indicates that it is an entry-level desktop publishing application placed on a page layout and used to design something rather than compositing and proofing text.

Microsoft OneNote

It is a computer program for gathering free-form information and multi-user collaboration. It collects users’ notes, screen clippings, drawings, and audio commentaries. The interesting part is that the notes can be shared with other easily.


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