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Acquiring a suite of commonly-used programs

24 February, 2015 - 17:30

Perhaps the best-known suite of commonly used programs is Microsoft Office. A basic version of Office, Microsoft Office Standard 2007 includes four programs:

  1. Microsoft Word, used for preparing documents
  2. Microsoft Excel, used for preparing spreadsheets (most commonly used for accounting analyses but also useful for basic record-keeping such as customer lists or checkbooks)
  3. PowerPoint, used for making presentations
  4. Microsoft Outlook, used for managing email (Microsoft 2009)

There are several other open-source options available as well, typically at no cost to you. Some of these are:

  1. OpenOffice ( 2009)
  2. Google Docs (Google 2009)
  3. Zoho (Zoho 2009)

In addition to being free, the open source options have the ability to read and write computer file and is format compatible with the more widely used Microsoft products.