Microsoft Office

series of office programmes developed by Microsoft

Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office System is a collection of computer programs made by Microsoft. Microsoft Office is a collection of office-related applications. Each application serves a unique purpose and offers a specific service to its users. The programs are created for all users. There are different versions of the software for home users and for business users. Some versions may offer more programs, and some versions cost less than others, but none are for free. The current version is Office 2021, which was released on October 5, 2021.[1]

Microsoft Office
Original author(s)Microsoft
Initial release1983 (as Microsoft Office 8x)
Stable release
Microsoft Office 2021 / October 5, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-10-05)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inOver 35 languages
TypeOffice suite



The versions available are made up of some or all or more of the following programs:

  • Microsoft Word is a word processor that lets a user type text into the document and add images, and different font or design choices. The main file formats are .doc and .docx. It also helps to check the spelling and find the meaning of words.
  • Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet and mathematics program that can make calculations and graphs based on data the user enters. The main file formats are .xls and .xlsx.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is a program that creates presentations and slideshows. They can have text, drawing, pictures and media. They can also be set up to show on a projector. The main file formats are .ppt and .pptx.
  • Microsoft Outlook is an email client that can send and receive emails. The user can add a contact list and multiple calendars.
  • Microsoft Access is a database program where people can store data over many tables. The main file formats are .mdb and .accdb.
  • Microsoft Publisher is a program that lets people make layouts for newsletters and presentations to print. The main file format is .pub.
  • Microsoft InfoPath is a program for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms containing structured data. Based on XML.
  • Microsoft Visio is a shaping program not included in Microsoft Office Suites but can be bought in volume editions. Originally included in Microsoft Office.
  • Microsoft FrontPage is a HTML-WYSIWYG program included in the Office 2003 Suite. It has been replaced by Microsoft Expression Web in the Expression Series.

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Office 365


Microsoft Office 365 is a new way of sharing Microsoft Office documents with people from your organization or between your computers, syncing to the cloud. In order to sync to the cloud, you need a Microsoft account. Actual versions include:

  • Personal
  • Home
  • Business Essentials
  • Enterprise E1
  • Business Premium
  • Entreprise E3
  • Enterprise E4

You can get a free trial of Office for 30 days.


  1. Warren, Tom (September 16, 2021). "Microsoft Office 2021 will launch on October 5th". The Verge. Archived from the original on April 17, 2022. Retrieved September 16, 2021.

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