Microsoft Office is a productivity suite that has been developed for Windows and Macintosh systems. It is available in many editions, while each has multiple applications. All Office editions primarily have three standard programs, such as Word , Excel, and PowerPoint.

The first version of Microsoft Office was actually released for Macintosh in 1989. Then Windows version also came in 1990. In the last two decades, Microsoft has released a lot of new versions of Office every two to three years. Microsoft started with Office 95, then Microsoft started offering multiple editions of Office, such as Standard, Professional, and Small Business editions. Newer versions of Office became available only in ” Home and Student ” and Professional editions.

Ever since the first version of Office was released, Microsoft started developing Office for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. But, along with making Office 98 for Mac too, Microsoft has developed many different versions of Office for Mac and Windows.

This is the reason that, where programs perform the same functions, the user interface of Office programs appears different in Mac and Windows systems. It’s a good thing, most file -formats that are saved in Office programs are all cross-platform, which means they can be opened on any computer, whether it is Macintosh or Windows computers.

Some programs that are included with Office of professional editions are not available for Mac. These include Access , Publisher, InfoPath, Project, and Visio.
Synonyms: Microsoft Office

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