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Microsoft Office 2016

4.6

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It’s hard to imagine a computer user (except for absolute beginners) in need of explanation what Microsoft Office is. For most users, Office is the third famous MS product (after Windows and Solitaire). It’s a suite combining all you may ever need in your office work: a text processor Word, a presentation manager PowerPoint, a spreadsheet editor Excel, a mail client and an organizer Outlook, a note-taking app OneNote, a project manager Project, a database tool Access, and it’s all supported by a great lot of integration tools. Whatever you may need for your office work, you find it in MS Office.

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Microsoft Office 2016 review

It’s hard to imagine a computer user (except for absolute beginners) in need of explanation what Microsoft Office is. For most users, Office is the third famous MS product (after Windows and Solitaire). It’s a suite combining all you may ever need in your office work: a text processor Word, a presentation manager PowerPoint, a spreadsheet editor Excel, a mail client and an organizer Outlook, a note-taking app OneNote, a project manager Project, a database tool Access, and it’s all supported by a great lot of integration tools. Whatever you may need for your office work, you find it in MS Office.

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Functionality 4.5/5

In fact, it deserves even more, because whatever your usage mode is, Microsoft Office offers much more. The local elements

Text processor offers a great lot of formatting options, templates, fonts, view modes, spell checking features, reviewing and commenting, stats, document integration, versions history with all the corrections and so on. The art of spreadsheet-do implies knowing a lot of formulas that link different types of values within a single spreadsheet or taken from an external source. Presentations have formed a corporate cult, due to PowerPoint’s easy tools and spectacular resulting product with rich embeddable multimedia. Documents can contain links to external sources, both local and remote, and be saved to Microsoft cloud.

Hardly an average user has explored even ten percent of what Office is about. The formats introduced with this suite have become an industry standard, so any independent office suite (commercial or free) supports at least a minimal set of them.

The only paradox element of Microsoft Office is Outlook; surprisingly a business organizer hasn’t got some features available even in Microsoft Mail and Calendar, apps included in Windows 10 (like full integration with Facebook and Google services).

Design 4.5/5

Though MS Office seems a reference for all office suites (like LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org), the designers sometimes introduce some innovations that make its way to the final user through a tight web of misunderstanding. So it was with ribbon interface, with all the menus above stretching like ribbons user has to fill by the most used elements.
For today Microsoft Office seems to have established its design most users have got used to.

Usability 4.5/5

The menus are easy to explore, and the WYSIWYG method remains the key feature for easy work. If you need to learn some previously unfamiliar feature, an advanced help system is always here.

The only thing to complain about Office is its giant size: the applications that used to fit into one CD (not DVD!) now require a lot of storage. Yet while installing you can select which components to install. The parts left overboard can be installed automatically when you need them or be ignored at all. It’ll be true to say that you won’t save much space by excluding some components; the basic files are enormous anyway. No problem for good old HDD with their almost unlimited capacity, but if you use an ultrabook with a small SSD, your gigabytes should not be spent mindlessly.

Cross-platform use 5/5

Not a common knowledge now, but once Microsoft Office was an exclusive solution for Apple’s Macintosh, and it was a real killer feature. Now MS Office is available for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and is an integral part of Windows 10 Mobile (used to be its unique feature, but, as the OS was sinking, it became available on rival mobile platforms).

Using a cloud service like OneDrive makes your files readable and editable throughout all the platforms and devices you may probably use, as long as you’re online.

In-app purchases

There are two ways to purchase Microsoft Office: either you buy a local license with a single payment, or you subscribe to Office365, purchasing the license that suits your requirements the most. The latter option may include more OneDrive cloud storage, Exchange, Skype for Business and other corporate services. The local purchase will cost you $149.99, while Office365 subscription starts with $6.99/month.

There is a 60-day free trial that lets you evaluate the suite and decide whether you need it indeed, or a free alternative will do.

The only MS Office component available for free as a standalone app is OneNote, one of the best note managers available.

Conclusion

It’s a real reference office suite, a pinnacle other developers try to reach. Microsoft Office is perfectly integrated with Windows and works well on other platforms, and documents created in it can be opened on most computers and mobile devices. The price may seem high, but the experience and features are worth it.

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Conclusion

When we say “an office suite,” we mean Microsoft Office, so you must need a strong reason to select an alternative suite.


Pros : Reference design and experience
Versatile file formats supported by all instances
Available on most platforms
Cloud features integrated
Stable well-tested experience

Cons : Rather expensive
Requires a lot of space (matters if you’re short of storage)
A lot of features you’ll probably never use


Functionality 4.5

Design 4.5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 5


Average : 4.6




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