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Microsoft Office Office Icon 2019.png is a suite of productivity applications from Microsoft, first released on November 19, 1990. It is available for Windows, macOS, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. An online version, Office Online, is also available.


Main programs are:

  • Microsoft Word – word processor released in September 1983
  • Microsoft Excel – spreadsheet program with advanced formulas and formatting released in January 1985
  • Microsoft PowerPoint – presentation program with animation and multimedia capabilities, released in July 1987
  • Microsoft Outlook – email client and personal information manager released in April 1993
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Assisting in information flow behind some of the products available in any version of Office


Additional programs in the PC version are:

The following applications are no longer branded as part of Microsoft Office:

  • Microsoft SharePoint Designer — a WYSIWYG HTML editor and web design program for customizing SharePoint applications, it replaces Microsoft FrontPage (not bundled in any Office suite)
  • Microsoft Lync — Integrated communications client for conferences and meetings in real time (known as Microsoft Office Communicator in Office 2007, bundled with Professional Plus and Enterprise editions[1])

Server applications

  • Microsoft SharePoint — collaboration server
  • Microsoft Lync Server (formerly Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server) — real time communications server
  • Microsoft Office Forms Server — lets users use any browser to access and fill InfoPath forms. Office Forms Server is a standalone server installation of InfoPath Forms Services.
  • Microsoft Office Groove Server — centrally managing all deployments of Microsoft Office Groove in the enterprise
  • Microsoft Office Project Server — project management server
  • Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server — allows creation of a project portfolio, including workflows, hosted centrally
  • Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server — allows customers to monitor, analyze, and plan their business

Web services

  • Office Web Apps — Web-based companions to Microsoft Office applications to view, create, and edit documents.
  • Office Live
    • Office Live Small Business — Web hosting services and online collaboration tools for small businesses.
    • Office Live Workspace — Online storage and collaboration service for documents, superseded by Office Web Apps and OneDrive
  • Live Meeting — Web conferencing service.
  • Microsoft Office product web site — Provides support for all Microsoft Office products.
  • Microsoft Update — Web site. Patch detection and installation service for Microsoft Office.
  • Microsoft 365 — Subscription based software services that can include a subscription to desktop applications in addition to cloud-based services.

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  1. "Microsoft Office Suites". Microsoft. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
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