A selection of office software.

Most people who use any type of computing device also use some kind of office-related software – or they are at least aware of it. Office suites typically contain a range of productivity applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, a simple image editor, and maybe a database or contact manager. Many users immediately think of Microsoft Office when you mention office software, however, there are other products too that may be worth considering before you make a choice, most of which allow you to export to other formats, so you can exchange files with users of other systems.

Let’s take a look at some of the products on offer:

Office Suites for Windows

Office 2021

Office 2021 is a suite of programs by Microsoft. There are versions for home, business, enterprise, and education, and the suite contains Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive. Most of us are familiar with these programs.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a suite of programs and services developed by Microsoft. Again, there are versions for home, business, enterprise, and education, and the suite contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, SharePoint, and also includes cloud services to enhance team collaboration & integration, and advanced security features.

Corel WordPerfect Office 2020

Corel WordPerfect Office is a application solution for creating documents, presentations, and spreadsheets and has PDF functionality, enhanced Reveal Codes, and eBook publishing. Developed by Corel, WordPerfect Office is a fully-fledged suite with features comparable to MS Office.

Office Suites for Mac

Apple iWork

iWork is a suite of office applications created by Apple Inc. for macOS and iOS operating systems. Programs include Keynote (for presentations), Pages (for word processing and desktop publishing), and Numbers (a spreadsheet application). The suite allows for export into various formats, so that documents can be used in the programs of other developers, such as MS Office.

Microsoft Office for Mac

Microsoft Office for Mac is a suite of office programs for the Mac platform, developed by Microsoft. Editions for home and business are available, and the suite contains Mac versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive.

Office Suite for Unix & Linux

AUIS

AUIS (Andrew User Interface System, or just ‘Andrew’) is a graphical user interface system, with many features, such as word processing, HTML and program editing, application creation & scripting, email, spreadsheet, and drawing/image editing.

Applixware

Applixware is a full-featured suite of integrated programs that includes a word processor, a real-time event-driven spreadsheet, a vector graphic tool, and a database interface.

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is a free open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. It runs on most operating systems, stores information in an international open standard format, and can read and write files from other common office packages.

Online & Multi-Platform Suites

Google Workspace

Google Workspace is a collection of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration applications and services. It was developed by Google, initially as Google Apps and was recently rebranded as G Suite. It contains a plethora of features and programs, including Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and more.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are three cloud programs from Google, and are also included in G Suite. Docs is a word processor, Sheets is a spreadsheet, and Slides is for presentations.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a free open-source office software offering, and a project of The Document Foundation. It originally sprang from OpenOffice.org, and has now become a professional suite in itself, consisting of Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics/flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

Which is right for your business?

Like many software programs, which suite is right for you depends largely on your computing environment, your technical knowledge, and your area of business. many office and corporate environments will use Microsoft’s offerings, whereas designers, educational, and medical environments will tend towards Apple’s products. Higher-level enterprises, software developers, and other tech-savvy concerns may opt for some off the open source applications since they can be customized in a granular way for each individual business. Small businesses may use entry-level Microsoft or Apple solutions, and many companies will use Google’s cloud-based products, as will home-based businesses.

Whichever you choose, if you decide that you don’t like what you initially select and decide to change, most of these solutions allow for interoperability, so you won’t lose you data and documents.

Additional Office Suite Info & resources

You can find links to additional resources in regards to the various office suites and programs here:

You can also contact TechPoint to discuss your office software requirements; we’d be happy to help.

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