Microsoft Office is an application suite that includes a word-processor (MS Word), spreadsheet (MS Excel), presentation program (MS Powerpoint) and an email program (MS Outlook). The professional version of Microsoft Office includes a database program (MS Access). More current versions of Microsoft Office also include a graphics layout program (MS Publisher) and a note/multimedia file sharing program (MS OneNote). The software is mainly used as an office productivity package for individuals and small businesses to have the advantage of maintaining an office with a fully functioning electronic office assistant. By first determining which edition is needed and then by researching various sites for discounts, you can obtain the best prices for Microsoft office for a college student.
Technical requirements for running Microsoft Office on your computer vary depending on the particular Microsoft Office Suite package you are running. Generally, the Microsoft Office program can run on any computer that uses the Windows-based or MAC-based operating system. The latest software (version 2010) requires processor speeds of at least 500 MHz, hard disk storage requirements of at least 3GB and memory requirements of minimum of 256 MB but recommended is 512 MB. Other requirements are a monitor with at least 1024 x 576 pixel resolution, Internet connectivity and a web browser.
Versions of Microsoft Office
There are a multitude of versions for Microsoft Office that accommodate the occasional, student and professional user. Each version has a combination of appropriate programs to satisfy the needs for that user. For instance, Microsoft Office Professional Edition comes with Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher and OneNote. On the other hand, the Home and Business Edition has everything except for Publisher and Access. Yet again, the Student and Home Edition has everything except for Outlook, Publisher and Access. There are also separate versions for the MAC operating system, MAC Home and Student Edition and MAC Home and Business Edition. You can also purchase the standalone programs to fulfill your individual or company needs. These standalone programs are also available in Spanish.