Microsoft Office 2013 SP 1 / 2010 14.0.7015.1000 SP 2
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Office is one of the best products ever released by Microsoft and it can even be considered as a must-have for millions of users out there. The Redmond-based software giant has continuously improved its Office suite, so it currently comes with a very attractive interface that keeps features a bit more organized, so that users can now benefit easier from its innovative functions.
Complex setup and seemingly familiar interface
Installing Microsoft Office might seem a little tricky, since there are a lot of tools bundled into the installation kit, so computer knowledge can come in handy when trying to deploy a fresh copy of the software. Also, copying all files usually takes a while, even in the case of fast computers, since there are a lot of files that need to be transferred on the hard disks.
Those who have not used an office suite before, be it Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or any other similar software, need to take the time to adjust to the interface. At the first glance, due to the well-known ribbon interface, the app might seem familiar.
Complex features and multiple tools to use
However, upon further analysis, one can find components or functions with every mouse click, and this might seem confusing if users do not know exactly the tool they require. Experimenting with the suite is necessary to ensure smooth operation in the future.
Microsoft Office comes with several tools, as it follows: Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Project, SharePoint Designer and Visio. Each of these can be installed separately or together with some other utilities which can ease office work.
Purposes of all enclosed tools
Excel is ideal for creating spreadsheets and keeping track of one's finance, Outlook is the right tool to manage your e-mail, PowerPoint generates high-quality presentations, Word can be used to format and organize texts, Access is a database management system, InfoPath facilitates creation and distribution of electronic forms, whereas OneNote supports multi-user collaboration and Project, SharePoint Designer and Visio come in handy to developers.
Conclusion and performance
All the functions of Microsoft Office can be tested through the 60-day trial period, and if the results are satisfactory, a license needs to be purchased. The computer’s performance might be affected by some of the aforementioned items, yet they mostly work without hiccups on all PCs. Response time is good and with a little getting used to, the interface is accessible to all users.
All things considered, the Microsoft Office suite is one of the best pieces of software out there, offering tons of customizable features and options to all user categories.
Reviewed by Bogdan Popa, last updated on July 31st, 2014
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- This service package fixes the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
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Application descriptionThe Microsoft Office system has evolved from a suite of personal productivity products to a more comprehensive and int...