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Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2013.svg
Original author(s) Microsoft
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release 1983 (as Microsoft Office 8x)
Stable release
Microsoft Office 2016 / September 22, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-09-22)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Available in Over 35 languages
Type Office suite
License Proprietary

Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office System is a collection of computer programs made by Microsoft. 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 Microsoft Office 2016 (Windows) and Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 (Mac).


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

  • Microsoft Access is a database program where people can store data over many tables.
  • Microsoft Publisher is a program that lets people make layouts for newsletters and presentations to print.
  • 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 It has been replaced by Microsoft Expression Web in the Expression Series.

Other Products

  • Microsoft Lync
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visact
  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging
  • Microsoft Office Document Scanning
  • Other products also included


There are a lot of other programs which are competitors to Microsoft Office.

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 months.

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See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Microsoft Office para niños

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