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Original author(s)Microsoft
Initial release1983 (as Microsoft Office 8x)
Stable releaseMicrosoft Office 2016 / September 22, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-09-22)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inOver 35 languages
TypeOffice suite

Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office System is a collection of computer programs made by Microsoft. Microsoft Office[1] is a collection of office-related applications. Each application serves a unique purpose and offers a specific service to its users. 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:

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 days.


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