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In computing, an office suite, sometimes called an office software suite or productivity suite is a collection of programs intended to be used by knowledge workers. The components are generally distributed together, have a consistent user interface and usually can interact with each other, sometimes in ways that the operating system would not normally allow.

The currently dominant office suites are Microsoft Office, which is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X, and OpenOffice.org, a free software / open source alternative available for many operating systems. Microsoft Office's binary file formats have been the de facto default, but efforts are being made to supplant them[citation needed] by the open standard ODF, OpenOffice.org's (among other programs') native format. ODF is sometimes the standard chosen for governments, educational environments and businesses seeking neutral document formats for information exchange or seeking to save money. There are numerous office suites attempting to challenge Microsoft and OpenOffice.org.

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Typical office suite components

Multi-platform office suites

Freeware suites

  • IBM Lotus Symphony — based upon an older version of OpenOffice.org. Its components include Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. For Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Open source suites

  • Go-oo - OpenOffice.org variant with a number of enhancements similar to the Novell Edition but freely available. It has better support for Office Open XML (MS Office 2007) file formats than the official OpenOffice.org releases produced by Sun Microsystems, and other enhancements that have not yet been accepted into the upstream Sun version.
  • KOfficefree and open-source office suite.
  • OpenOffice.org — an open-source software project upon which Sun's StarOffice is based. The initial code was provided by Sun Microsystems, based on the Star Office package by German company, Star Division, which it had previously acquired. Sun has provided much of the labour for its development since. Its components include Writer, Impress, Math, Draw, Calc, and Base. Releases are available for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.
  • OpenOffice.org Novell Edition — features the Office Open XML translator add-on. Based upon OpenOffice.org. Its components include Writer, Impress, Math, Draw, Calc, and Base.[1]
  • Gnome Office - Consists of AbiWord, Gnumeric and other software. Some of the applications are cross-platform, others are currently Linux only.
  • Siag Office - A lightweight office suite. Has not been updated recently, and is Linux only.

Proprietary suites

  • Kingsoft Office (Chinese version known as WPS Office) — a native Chinese-language office suite. English and Japanese versions are currently available also. For Microsoft Windows and some versions are available also for Linux.
  • SoftMaker Office 2010 — a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics program, provided by a German company. For Microsoft Windows, Linux (SoftMaker 2008 only), Windows Mobile, and Windows CE. Softmaker 2006 is a free download for Windows.
  • StarOffice — an office suite from Sun Microsystems. Originally developed by the German firm Star Division, which Sun acquired. Early versions shared code with OpenOffice.org project, which Sun funded and continues to support, but there has been separate development of the two packages. For Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris.

Office suites for Microsoft Windows

Freeware suites

Open source suites

Proprietary suites

  • Ability Office
  • Breadbox Office — DOS software, but has been successfully tested with Win3.x, Win95/98/98SE/ME, WinNT4.0, Win2000 and the 32bit-versions of WinXP, WinVista and Win7.0.
  • Celframe Office — supports Microsoft Office and other popular file formats, with a user interface styled on Microsoft Office 2003.
  • EasyOffice
  • EIOffice[2] (Evermore Integrated Office) — a Chinese / English / Japanese / French language integrated office suite. Available for Windows / Linux operating systems
  • Framework — historical but also still supported for Windows by the present developer, Selection & Functions Inc.
  • Gobe Productive — Originally written for BeOS by developers of the original ClarisWorks, GoBe Productive is a lightweight integrated Works-like office suite with a generous "Hassle-Free License."
  • Ichitaro JUST Suite 2008 — a full Japanese-language suite from JustSystems, the most direct competitor to Microsoft Office in Japan. For Windows only.
  • Kingsoft Office (Chinese version known as WPS Office) — a native Chinese-language office suite. English and Japanese versions are currently available also.
  • IBM Lotus SmartSuite — For Windows 2000 and XP only
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Works
  • SoftMaker Office 2010
  • StarOffice
  • WordPerfect Office

Office suites for DOS

Proprietary suites

  • Breadbox Office — A word processor, spreadsheet, address book and drawing program. It is part of a broader software package called Breadbox Ensemble which also includes programs such as email, web-browser and html editor. Breadbox Ensemble runs under the GEOS (16-bit operating system) and effectively requires a version of DOS to be installed on the host system.

Office suites for Mac OS X

Freeware suites

Open source suites

  • KOfficefree and open-source, native support since version 2.0
  • NeoOffice — NeoOffice is a Mac-specific free/open-source software development project, to integrating OpenOffice.org with native features of Mac OS X such as Quartz and Aqua, and by so doing giving the suite a more "Mac-like" look and feel.
  • OpenOffice.org runs on Mac natively in an Aqua version.

Proprietary suites

Office suites for Unix/Unix-like operating systems

Freeware suites

Open source suites

Proprietary suites

  • EIOffice (Evermore Integrated Office) — a Chinese / English / Japanese / French language integrated office suite. Available for Windows / Linux operating systems
  • SoftMaker Office 2008

Online office suites

Freeware suites

  • Google Docs — an AJAX-based online office suite from Google, Inc. The suite includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a presentation editor. Available free and as an enterprise service.

Open source suites

  • Feng Office (formerly OpenGoo) — an open source, fully featured online office suite. The application can be downloaded and installed on a server.

Proprietary suites

  • ContactOffice
  • ShareOffice — a Web-based office suite from ShareMethods. This suite utilizes separate word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications from other vendors. It is distributed through Salesforce.com's AppExchange program.
  • Simdesk — an online office suite from Simdesk Technologies, Inc. This suite offers partial compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). With a monthly subscription to Simdesk Services (costing $3.50 – $20 per month), one is allowed to install the application anywhere.
  • ThinkFree Office — an office suite written in Java, from ThinkFree, Inc. It includes a word processor (Write), a spreadsheet (Calc), and a presentation program (Show). For Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
  • Zoho Office Suite — a free online office suite from AdventNet, Inc. Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, and collaboration groupware.

Comparison of general and technical information

The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of office suites. Please see the individual products' articles for further information. The table only includes systems that are widely used and currently available.

General information

Developer First public release Predecessor Latest Stable version Operating system Microsoft Office (.doc, .xls) support Microsoft Office Open XML support OpenDocument support Costs in USD License Online capability
Ability Office Ability Plus Software 1985 5.00 Windows Yes Yes Planned for Ability Office 6 Non-free 49.99 - 59.99 Template:Proprietary No
Celframe Office Celframe 2006 (Windows) Celframe Office 2008 Windows Yes Yes Yes Non-free 68.20 - 190.96 Template:Proprietary Celframe Office Online - 2011
Feng Office Community Edition Feng Office 2007 - 1.6.1 Fully online No No No Free AGPL Yes
GNOME Office GNOME Foundation,AbiSource AbiWord,Gnumeric 2.4.5/1.6.3/1.9 & 0.62 Cross-platform Yes No Yes Free GPL No
GobeProductive Gobe Software 1998 3.04 / 2.01 Windows and BeOS Yes No No Non-free 49.95 Template:Proprietary No
Google Apps, Google Docs Google 2006 Writely 2009 Fully online Yes Yes[3] Yes Free Template:Proprietary can be used offline with Google Gears
Breadbox Office Breadbox Computer Company 1990 4.1.3.0 DOS, Windows No No No Non-free 99.95 Template:Proprietary No
IBM Lotus Symphony IBM 2007 OpenOffice.org 1.3 Windows, Linux and Mac OS X Yes Import only [4] Yes Free Template:Proprietary No
iWork Apple 2005 AppleWorks[5] '09 Mac OS X Yes Import only No Non-free 79.00 Template:Proprietary iWork.com
Kingsoft Office
(WPS Office)
Kingsoft 1988 WPS (word processor) 2009 Windows and Linux Yes Import only support for .docx and .xlsx No[6] Non-free 69.95 Template:Proprietary No
KOffice KDE Project 1998 2.1 BSD, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and Windows Yes No Yes Free LGPL and GPL No
Lotus SmartSuite IBM 1992[7] 9.8 Windows and OS/2 Yes No No Non-free 313.00 Template:Proprietary No
MarinerPak Mariner Software 1996 10.0 Mac OS and Mac OS X Import only No No Non-free 79.95 Template:Proprietary No
Microsoft Office Microsoft 1990 (Macintosh), 1992 (Windows) Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel PowerPoint 2007 (12.0) (Windows), 2008 (12.2.3) (Macintosh) Windows and Macintosh Yes Office 2007 supports ECMA-376 1st edition.[8] Poor native support starting with Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Non-free 149.95 - 679.95 Template:Proprietary Microsoft Office Live
Microsoft Works Microsoft 1986 (9.0) (Windows), (4.0) (Macintosh) Windows and Macintosh Yes Yes No Non-free 39.95 Template:Proprietary Microsoft Office Live
NeoOffice Planamesa Software 2005-06-02 OpenOffice.org 1.1 for Mac OS X 3.0.1 Mac OS X Yes Yes Yes Free GPL No
OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org Organization 2001 October StarOffice 3.1.1 Cross-platform Yes With free plugins Yes Free LGPL With free plugins
ShareOffice ShareMethods 2007 May Fully online Yes No Yes Non-free > 10,000.00 / year Template:Proprietary Yes
SoftMaker Office SoftMaker 1989 2010 (Windows), 2008 (Linux, Pocket PC, Windows CE),
2006 (Handheld PC)
Windows, Linux, PocketPC (Windows Mobile, Windows CE Yes Yes Yes Non-free 79.95 Template:Proprietary No
StarOffice Sun Microsystems 1995 StarWriter 9.0 Cross-platform Yes With free plugins Yes Non-free 34.95 Template:Proprietary With free plugins
StarOffice from Google Pack Sun Microsystems 1995 StarWriter 8.0 - Update 10 Cross-platform Yes With free plugins Yes Free Template:Proprietary With free plugins
ThinkFree Office Haansoft 1998 3.5 Cross-platform Yes Import only No[9][10] Non-free 49.95 Template:Proprietary ThinkFree.com
WordPerfect Office Corel 1991 WordPerfect (1982) X4 Windows Yes Yes Yes Non-free 69.99 - 399.99 Template:Proprietary Yes
ZCubes ZCubes Inc. 2006 2007 Fully online No No No Non-free Template:Proprietary Yes
Zoho Office Suite AdventNet 2005 Fully online Yes Yes Yes 0 - 25 / User / Month Template:Proprietary Yes
Developer First public release Predecessor Stable version Operating system Microsoft Office (.doc, .xls...) support Microsoft Office Open XML support OpenDocument Support Costs in USD License Online Capability

Operating system support

The operating systems the office suites were designed to run on without emulation; for the given office suite/OS combination, there are five possibilities:

  • No indicates that it does not exist or was never released.
  • Partial indicates that while the office suite works, it lacks important functionality compared to versions for other OSs; it is still being developed however.
  • Beta indicates that while a version of the office suite is fully functional and has been released, it is still in development (e.g. for stability).
  • Yes indicates that the office suite has been officially released in a fully functional, stable version.
  • Dropped indicates that while the office suite works, new versions are no longer being released for the indicated OS; the number in parentheses is the last known stable version which was officially released for that OS.

Please note that the list is not exhaustive, but rather reflects the most common operating systems today.

Office suite Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix
Ability Office Yes No No No No
Celframe Office Yes with plugins No No No
Feng Office Community Edition Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
GNOME Office yes [11] yes [12] Yes Yes Yes
Gobe Productive Yes No No No No
Google Apps Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
Breadbox Office DOS, Windows No No No No
IBM Lotus Symphony Yes Yes Yes ? ?
iWork No Yes No No No
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) Yes No some versions[13] No No
KOffice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lotus SmartSuite Yes No No No No
MarinerPak No Yes No No No
Microsoft Office Yes Yes (no support for VBA in Excel) Some (with Wine) No No
Microsoft Works Yes Dropped (4.0; Classic only) No No No
NeoOffice No Mac OS X v10.3 or above No No No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ShareOffice Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
SoftMaker Office Yes No Yes Dropped (2006) No
StarOffice Yes Yes (Intel only) Yes Yes Yes
ThinkFree Office Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
WordPerfect Office Yes No Some (Ver. 2000) No No
ZCubes Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
Zoho Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online Fully online
Office suite Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix

Main components

Offline capabilities

Word processor Spreadsheet Presentation Notetaking Flowchart Raster graphics Vector graphics Image viewer Formula editor Database Project management Desktop publishing PDF export
Ability Office Ability Write Ability Spreadsheet Ability Presentation No Ability Draw Ability Photopaint Ability Draw Ability Photoalbum No Ability Database No No Yes
Celframe Office Celframe Write Celframe Spreadsheet Celframe Power Presentation Celframe Note Taker Celframe Draw Celframe Draw Celframe Studio Celframe Photo Album Celframe Spreadsheet Inbuilt Celframe DataAccess Celframe Project Celframe Publisher With Adobe Distiller functions
Feng Office Community Edition Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No Yes No No
GNOME Office Abiword Gnumeric No No Dia[14] GIMP Inkscape[14] F-Spot[14] built into Abiword GNOME-DB Planner[14] No Yes[14]
GobeProductive Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Google Apps Google Docs Google Docs Google Docs Google Notebook No No No Picasa, Picasaweb TeX compatible No No No Yes
Breadbox Office Writer Spreadsheet No No No Artist Artist No No Geofile No No No
IBM Lotus Symphony Documents Spreadsheets Presentations No No No No No No No No No Yes
iWork Pages Numbers Keynote Stickies[14] No No No iPhoto[15] and Preview[14] Grapher[14] Bento[16] No Pages Yes
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) Kingsoft Writer Kingsoft Spreadsheets Kingsoft Presentation No No No No No Equation Editor No No No Yes
KOffice Kword KSpread KPresenter BasKet[14] Kivio, Kugar, Umbrello and KChart Krita Karbon14 Digikam[14] KFormula Kexi KPlato Kword Yes[14]
Lotus SmartSuite Lotus Word Pro Lotus 1-2-3 Lotus Freelance Graphics No Lotus Freelance Graphics No No No built in Lotus Approach Lotus Organizer No No
MarinerPak Mariner Write Mariner Calc No No No No No No No No No No No
Microsoft Office Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft OneNote Microsoft Visio No No Microsoft Office Picture Manager Equation Editor Microsoft Access Microsoft Project Microsoft Publisher Yes[17]
Microsoft Works Microsoft Works Word Processor Microsoft Works Spreadsheet Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer No No No No No No Microsoft Works Database No No No
NeoOffice NeoOffice Writer NeoOffice Calc NeoOffice Impress No NeoOffice Draw No NeoOffice Draw No NeoOffice Math NeoOffice Base No NeoOffice Draw Yes
OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org Writer OpenOffice.org Calc OpenOffice.org Impress No OpenOffice.org Draw No OpenOffice.org Draw No OpenOffice.org Math OpenOffice.org Base No OpenOffice.org Draw Yes
ShareOffice iNetOffice EditGrid Preezo No No No No No No No No No No
SoftMaker Office Textmaker PlanMaker Presentations No No No No No Yes DataMaker No Yes Yes
StarOffice StarWriter StarCalc StarImpress No StarDraw No StarDraw No StarMath StarBase No StarDraw Yes
WordPerfect Office WordPerfect Quattro Pro Corel Presentations No Corel Presentations No No No Equation Editor Paradox Yes No Yes
ZCubes ZText Editor Calci ZSlide No ZCharts ZPaint No ZAlbum No ZPlatform No No No
Word processor Spreadsheet Presentation Notetaking Flowchart Raster graphics Vector graphics Image viewer Formula Database Project management Desktop publishing PDF export

Online capabilities

Email Web design Collaboration
Ability Office No No No
Celframe Office Celframe Mail Celframe Publishing, Celframe Write Inbuilt Google Docs, plugin in all apps
Feng Office Community Edition beta No Yes
GNOME Office Evolution[14] No No
GobeProductive No Yes No
Google Apps Gmail Google Sites Yes
Breadbox Office Yes Yes No
IBM Lotus Symphony No No No
iWork Mail[14] iWeb[15] iWork.com
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) No No No
KOffice Kontact[14] Quanta+[14] No
Lotus SmartSuite No Lotus FastSite Yes
MarinerPak No No No
Microsoft Office Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Entourage Microsoft SharePoint Designer Microsoft Groove
Microsoft Works No No No
NeoOffice No NeoOffice Writer[18] No
OpenOffice.org No OpenOffice.org Writer[18] No
ShareOffice No No Yes
SoftMaker Office No No No
StarOffice No StarWriter[18] No
WordPerfect Office WordPerfect MAIL No No
ZCubes No Yes Yes
Email Web design Collaboration

Unicode support

Not all office suites support Unicode; some have restricted Unicode support or, like Corel WordPerfect Office, use their own encoding standard.

Historical

  • AppleWorks (previously known as "ClarisWorks") — an early Mac Office suite. It has morphed and branched into AppleWorks and GoBe Productive. When the original developers split up, ClarisWorks continued as AppleWorks after being bought by Apple, and GoBeProductive was redeveloped from the ground up using ideas from the original. Apple discontinued this suite after the release of iWork '08 in August 2007.[19]
  • IBM Works — was an office suite for the IBM OS/2 operating system. It included word processing, spreadsheet, database and PIM applications.
  • Island Office was available in the 1990s on many Unix platforms. This included Island Write, Draw, Paint, Presents, Calc, Chart, Table and Equation. Island Draw was, at the time, an extremely powerful PostScript editor. The company that created this software was/is called Island Software.
  • Lotus Symphony — Following the popularity of office suites made by competitors, the makers of the wildly popular Lotus 123, tried their hand at a suite for DOS. (Name resurrected by IBM in September 2007 as a proprietary free-of-charge OpenOffice based suite)
  • Lotus Jazz — Mac sister product to Lotus Symphony.
  • LotusWorks — DOS and Windows suite containing a word processor, spreadsheet, database, graphing tools and telecommunications (modem terminal) module.
  • Open Access — Integrated software by Software Products International (SPI).
  • Q&A (software) — Featured a database management system, "intelligent assistant", and integrated word processor.
  • WindowWorks — Successor to LotusWorks above.
  • Xoom Office — Historical but still available on eBay and elsewhere. Produced by the former makers of WordStar.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 NOVELL: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: OpenOffice.org
  2. MacTech Editorial Staff. "Office 2004 Benchmarks on Intel-based Macs". MacTech. http://www.mactech.com/articles/mactech/Vol.22/22.05/Office2004Benchmark/. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  3. http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/06/02/finally-google-docs-can-open-docx-and-xlsx-files
  4. "What's new in Lotus Symphony 1.3". IBM. http://symphony.lotus.com/software/lotus/symphony/help.nsf/ReleaseNotes. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. "Apple Unveils iWork ’05". Apple, Inc.. 2005-01-11. http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2005/jan/11iwork.html. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  6. Kingsoft Office 2009 has no ODF support
  7. Release date of Lotus SmartSuite from http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3563/is_n7_v9/ai_14346979
  8. No OOXML in Office 2007 service pack
  9. ThinkFree on Ubuntu
  10. ThinkFree features
  11. Only Abiword, Gnumeric, GIMP and Inkscape are available for MS Windows.
  12. Only Abiword is available as a native application. Using X11, one can run GIMP and Inkscape. With X11 and DarwinPorts, one can also run Gnumeric.
  13. Kingsoft Office 2009 - supported operating systems
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 Not included in this office suite, but provided in the Desktop Environment.
  15. 15.0 15.1 With additional iLife software included with every new Macintosh
  16. With additional software from FileMaker Inc., an Apple Inc. subsidiary.
  17. Native support starting with Microsoft Office 2007 SP2; free Microsoft plugins are available for older versions [1]
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 When in WYSIWYG HTML editing mode.
  19. Evans, Jonny (2007-08-15). "Apple cans AppleWorks". Macworld UK. http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsID=18827. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 

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