Suite of productivity applications
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Microsoft Office Suite features:
Microsoft is the world's largest software producer and a Fortune 500 company. Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 to market BASIC programming language interpreters for the Altair 8800 computer. In the 1980s, Microsoft expanded into the operated system market with MS-DOS for IBM computers, which evolved into Microsoft Windows. The company also began offering business productivity and collaboration software for office workers and software developers. Today, Microsoft employs over 140,000 people in many countries and holds a dominant position in the operating system and productivity software markets.
Plans and Pricing
- The standard subscription plan for households allows Office 365 Home to be installed on up to six PCs or Macs. It includes the core Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and Access, and Microsoft adds OneDrive, Skype, and OneNote.
- If you only need a single license for yourself, Office 365 Personal offers a discount compared to the Home plan. You get the same features but can install the suite on only a single computer.
- For those who would like to buy the core Office apps and own them without a subscription, you can purchase a package that includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a single computer.
- Microsoft's standard business plan is priced per user and delivers the same core apps as Office 365 Home, minus Skype. Business customers can use Office apps for commercial uses, and they receive additional support options.
- Premium adds Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams to the additional services included with the Business plan. Microsoft also adds better security and collaboration features like access controls and a simple CRM application.
- Essentials gives users access to the web and mobile versions of the core Office applications only, making it ideal for workers who move between computers or use netbooks in their day-to-day tasks. Microsoft's Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams services are included.
Benjamin E J., June 10, 2019
Corey Kirkland, August 26, 2019