Microsoft Office is a software package for office developed by Microsoft Corp. (an American company founded in 1975 ). It is a set of applications that perform tasks office automation, that is, they allow automating and perfecting the usual activities of an office.
The oldest version of Microsoft Office was released in 1989 with two basic packages: one formed by Microsoft PowerPoint , Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word , and another to which the programs were added Schedule Plus and Microsoft Access .
Word It's one of the programs most popular that are part of Microsoft Office . It consists of a word processor that includes a spell checker, synonyms dictionary and the possibility of working with various fonts (typefaces).
Excel , meanwhile, is made up of spreadsheets or spreadsheets. Its main attraction is the possibility of performing arithmetic operations automatically, which facilitates the development of balance sheets and financial statements.
PowerPoint is the program of Office which is used to create and display visual presentations. Its base is in the developing of multimedia slides that can include images, text, sound and videos.
The administration of data personal and emails can be managed from Outlook . Its main strong is the mail client, although it also offers a calendar and a directory of contacts.
It should be noted that Microsoft Office It is a licensed program. Therefore, those who wish to take advantage of their benefits, must buy it and respect the conditions of the contract, such as the prohibition to perform do you copy for profit. Some of its main competitors are Openoffice (free code), Staroffice , Lotus Symphony and WordPerfect Office .
Office's popularity has been falling in recent years. The first victim is likely to have been PowerPoint, when many users began to understand that Flash offered them the same possibilities and many more, with a level of customization impossible to reach in the first. Then, with the massification of mobile phones and the attractiveness of their Applications, a kind of migration from the PC to these devices took place, transforming the software market and collaborating with the growth of Cloud and free tools. Most likely, this has not gone unnoticed by Microsoft, since it has been possible for some time to enjoy some of the Office features for free and through an email account.
Like Windows and the various Adobe packages, where we find Photoshop and Illustrator, Office is one of the most common sources of piracy. One of the main reasons is that they are tools very useful for training, since they are usually among the requirements of most jobs that include computer work of some kind.
Today, there are free alternatives to almost all of them, which in some cases are more powerful and efficient, but usually have a weak point in common: interfaces difficult to navigate and visually unattractive. This leads many users to discard them in a matter of seconds, returning to the comfortable illegal downloads. However, given that piracy has proliferated, avoiding how much obstacle has arisen in its path, many wonder if the big companies Software development really suffer from this situation.
It is common to hear that it is likely that they themselves, Microsoft and Adobe, for example, will ensure that their programs reach as many homes as possible, whether through regular purchases or illegal copies. This theory is based on the fact that the real profit takes place when a company buys the necessary applications for its employees, and that thanks to allowing private users to know and enjoy their tools, their popularity grows to the point of turning them into points of reference.