Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications and services first released by Microsoft back in 1988. Today there are two different purchasing options, Office 365 and Office 2019. Office 365 is subscription based, where you pay a fee, either monthly or annually and get upgrades as they are released. Office 2019 requires you to pay a one-off fee, which doesn’t include any upgrades, except for the usual updates from Microsoft, such as bug fixes and security updates. Within these two purchasing options there are a number of different editions, listed below, at different price points, which include a differing number of applications and services depending on your requirements.
- Office 365 Home
- Office 365 Personal
- Office 365 Business Essentials
- Office 365 Business
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Office Home & Student 2021
- Office Home & Business 2021
- Office Professional 2021
As well as these purchasing options, there are also free versions for use online, known as Office Online, via a web browser, or, on mobile devices.
Depending on the edition of Microsoft Office being used it will include some or all of the following applications.
Word is a word processing application that comes as part of all the editions of Microsoft Office. It can be used for anything from writing letters to producing an entire book.
Excel is a powerful spreadsheet application, which comes as part of all editions of Microsoft Office. It can be used to calculate, analyse and present data in table or chart format.
PowerPoint is a slide show based presentation application, included in all editions of Microsoft Office. Each slide in a presentation can incorporate text, graphics, sound and video clips.
OneNote is the last of the applications that comes as part of all editions of Microsoft Office. It is an application that allows information gathering of notes, pictures, web pages, media and more, a bit like a digital notebook.
Outlook allows you to send and receive e-mails, organise and share schedules in a calendar based format, as well as stay up to date with contacts.
Publisher provides a means to print and share professional looking publications.
Access is a database management system that allows the creation of applications using forms and reports, where data is stored in tabular format and incorporates a query building tool.