Microsoft Office made its debut in 1990, with successive releases adding to the suite’s primary word processor (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), and presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint) applications with an e-mail / personal information manager application (Microsoft Outlook), database tool (Microsoft Access), desktop publishing app (Microsoft Publisher), note-taking software (Microsoft OneNote), diagram and flowcharting tools (Microsoft Visio) and more.
Microsoft Office dominates the office suite market, but it has faced stronger competition recently in the form of open source office suites like Google Apps for Business, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice. In addition to being available in the traditional desktop-based form, Microsoft now also offers versions of Microsoft Office through the cloud (Office 365) as well as through mobile devices using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 (Microsoft Office Mobile).
Microsoft Office’s most recent releases are Office 2010 for Microsoft Windows, which debuted on June 15, 2010, and Office 2011 for Apple Mac OS X, which was released on October 26, 2010. Microsoft is currently developing the next major release of Office, Microsoft Office 2013, with an expected release date in late 2012, at about the same time as the debut of Windows 8.
- Watch Datamation's editor James Maguire moderate roundtable discussions with tech experts from companies such as Accenture, Dell, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and more »
Tape clearly is on the decline. But remember, legacy systems can hang for a shockingly long time. Read More »Apple Pay Promises to Strengthen Payment Security
Experts believe that Apple Pay and other competitive payment systems will be far more secure than cards, even cards equipped with EMV chips. Read More »Internet of Things Shaping IT's Future
To make the IoT both work and pay off, IT is juggling upgrading and building app-centric networks, mapping out new data center architectures and... Read More »
The trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. How do you typically shop for holiday... Read More »How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website
This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Read More »Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends
Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »