Microsoft Office Explained


MS Office (Microsoft Office) is a suite of productivity software tools that help you get things done on your PC, Mac, Tablet and Smartphone.

When Microsoft Office was first launched, it was sold as a one-time purchase product. Meaning, you purchased the tool at a fixed one-off cost. However, in 2011, it was repackaged as part of Office 365 products.


Office 365 is a hosted, subscription-based product. This means that instead of paying for the product for a fixed one-time cost, you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee. Having said that, MS Office still has an option to purchased the product at a one-off fixed cost – as Office 2019.

What is MS Office?
One benefit of 365 (subscription) over 2019 (one-time purchase) is that with 365, you receive all new updates when they are released. However, with 2019, you do not receive automatic updates for new features.

Products in MS Office Suite

Products in MS Office Suite

This section lists and explains the products included in this Microsoft productivity tool.



Microsoft Word

MS Word (or simply, Word) is a word processing software for Windows and Mac operating systems. The program also has an app for Android and iOS devices.

You can use Word to create common contents like letter, process and procedure documents and more.


Microsoft Excel

MS Excel (or simply, Excel) is a spreadsheet program used for different data manipulation and analysis tasks.

You can use Excel to perform simple and complex calculations as well as plot different types of graphs and represent data in other visual formats.

Microsoft Excel is available for Mac, and Windows Operating Systems. The software also has apps for iOS and Android devices.


Microsoft Outlook

MS Outlook (or simply, Outlook) is an email program that you can use to send, read and reply to emails. Outlook also helps you manage contacts and calendars, including scheduling meetings.

This email program from Microsoft is available for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS Operating Systems.


Microsoft PowerPoint

MS PowerPoint (or simply, PowerPoint) is also part of the MS Office Suite. It is a slide and presentation program that helps you present your ideas in simple, bold and colorful forms.

PowerPoint supports all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Other MS Office Productivity Tools

Apart from the listed software, there are other programs that are part of this Microsoft productivity suite. Some of them are Skype for BusinessMicrosoft AccessMicrosoft Publisher, and Microsoft InfoPath.


For a detailed list and features availability of MS Office, open this link – Office applications service description.

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