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What is Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office is a collection of applications, servers and services. Some of the applications include are; Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook email. The Microsoft Office desktop is available on windows and OS X, as well as on Windows RT tablets and the Office Mobile platform. The office mobile version offers a scaled down and touch optimised versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  It is estimated that over 1 billion people use Microsoft Office worldwide.

Here is a breakdown of all the applications available on Microsoft Office:

  • Word – this is a word processing application
  • Excel – spreadsheet program
  • PowerPoint – presentation creating application
  • Access – this is a database management system
  • Outlook – this is a personal information manager, for email and calendar management
  • OneNote – this is a freeware note taking program
  • Publisher - used for designing brochures, labels, calendars and greeting cards
  • Lync – this is an integrated communications client for conferences and meetings in real time
  • Project – keeps track of events and creates network and Gantt charts
  • Visio – diagram and flowchart building application
  • SharePoint Designer - a specialized HTML editor for Windows that develops SharePoint sites
  • Microsoft SharePoint – a collaboration server
  • Microsoft Lync Server – real time communication server
  • - discover, upload and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway and PDF files on their profile page
  • Microsoft Office Online - suite of web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office website – the official website
  • Microsoft Update - Patch detection and installation service for Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Office 365 - Subscription-based software services that licenses Microsoft Office products for on-premises or cloud-based use