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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.

Typical office suite components Edit

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Multi-platform office suites Edit

Freeware suites Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.
  • 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 Unix-like only.

Proprietary suites Edit

  • 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 Edit

Freeware suites Edit

Open source suites Edit

Proprietary suites Edit

  • 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[1] (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 Edit

Proprietary suites Edit

  • 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 XEdit

Freeware suites Edit

Open source suites Edit

  • KOfficefree and open-source, native support since version 2.0
  • NeoOffice — NeoOffice is a Mac-specific free/open-source software development project dedicated to integrating OpenOffice.org with native features of Mac OS X as well as other enhancements that give the suite a more "Mac-like" look and feel.
  • OpenOffice.org runs on Mac natively in an Aqua version.

Proprietary suites Edit

Office suites for Unix/Unix-like operating systemsEdit

Free software suites Edit

Proprietary suites Edit

  • EIOffice (Evermore Integrated Office) — a Chinese / English / Japanese / French language integrated office suite. Available for Windows / Linux operating systems
  • SoftMaker Office 2008
  • IBM Lotus Symphony — freeware word, spreadsheet and presentation suite.

Online office suites Edit

Freeware suites Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Proprietary suites Edit

  • 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 informationEdit

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 Edit

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 Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:proprietary Template:no
Celframe Office Celframe 2006 (Windows) Celframe Office 2008 Windows Yes Yes Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:no
Feng Office Community Edition Feng Office 2007 - 1.6.1 Fully online Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:free Template:free Template:yes
GNOME Office GNOME Foundation, AbiSource AbiWord, Gnumeric 2.4.5/1.10.2/1.9 & 0.62 Cross-platform Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:free Template:free Template:no
GobeProductive Gobe Software 1998 3.04 / 2.01 Windows and BeOS Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:proprietary Template:no
Google Apps, Google Docs Google 2006 Writely 2009 Fully online Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:free Template:proprietary Template:yes
Breadbox Office Breadbox Computer Company 1990 4.1.3.0 DOS, Windows Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:proprietary Template:no
IBM Lotus Symphony IBM 2007 IBM Workplace 1.3 Windows, Linux and Mac OS X Template:yes Template:yes2 Import only | Template:yes Template:free Template:proprietary Template:no
iWork Apple 2005 AppleWorks| '09 Mac OS X Template:yes Template:yes2 Import only Template:no Template:proprietary Template:yes
Kingsoft Office
(WPS Office)
Kingsoft 1988 WPS (word processor) 2009 Windows and Linux Template:yes Template:yes2 Import only support for .docx and .xlsx Template:no Template:proprietary Template:no
KOffice KDE Project 1998 2.1 BSD, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and Windows Template:yes Template:yes2 Basic import starts in 2.2 Template:yes Template:free Template:free Template:no
Lotus SmartSuite IBM 1992 9.8 Windows and OS/2 Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:proprietary Template:no
MarinerPak Mariner Software 1996 10.0 Mac OS and Mac OS X Template:yes2 Import only Template:no Template:no Template:proprietary Template: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 Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:yes
Microsoft Works Microsoft 1986 (9.0) (Windows), (4.0) (Macintosh) Windows and Macintosh Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:proprietary Template:yes
NeoOffice Planamesa Software 2005-06-02 OpenOffice.org 1.1 for Mac OS X 3.0.2 Mac OS X Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:free Template:free Template:no
OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org Organization 2001 October StarOffice 3.2.0 Cross-platform Template:yes Template:yes2 With free plugins Template:yes Template:free Template:free Template:yes2 With free plugins
ShareOffice ShareMethods 2007 May Fully online Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:yes
SoftMaker Office SoftMaker 1989 2010 (Windows), 2008 (Linux, Pocket PC, Windows CE),
2006 (Handheld PC)
Windows, Linux, PocketPC (Windows Mobile, Windows CE Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:no
StarOffice Sun Microsystems 1995 StarWriter 9.0 Cross-platform Template:yes Template:yes2 With free plugins Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:yes2 With free plugins
StarOffice from Google Pack Sun Microsystems 1995 StarWriter 8.0 - Update 10 Cross-platform Template:yes Template:yes2 With free plugins Template:yes Template:free Template:proprietary Template:yes2 With free plugins
ThinkFree Office Haansoft 1998 3.5 Cross-platform Template:yes Template:yes2 Import only Template:no Template:proprietary Template:yes
WordPerfect Office Corel 1991 WordPerfect (1982) X4 Windows Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:proprietary Template:yes
ZCubes ZCubes Inc. 2006 2007 Fully online Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:proprietary Template:yes
Zoho Office Suite AdventNet 2005 Fully online Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:proprietary Template: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 supportEdit

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 Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
Celframe Office Template:yes Template:yes2 with plugins Template:no Template:no Template:no
Feng Office Community Edition Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
GNOME Office Template:yes2 yes Template:yes2 yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Gobe Productive Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
Google Apps Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Breadbox Office Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
IBM Lotus Symphony Yes Yes Yes ? ?
iWork Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) Template:yes Template:no Template:yes2 some versions Template:no Template:no
KOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Lotus SmartSuite Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
MarinerPak Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
Microsoft Office Template:yes Template:yes (no support for VBA in Excel) Template:Some (with Wine) Template:no Template:no
Microsoft Works Template:yes Template:dropped (4.0; Classic only) Template:no Template:no Template:no
NeoOffice Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
OpenOffice.org Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
ShareOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
SoftMaker Office Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:dropped (2006) Template:no
StarOffice Template:yes Template:yes (Intel only) Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
ThinkFree Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
WordPerfect Office Template:yes Template:no Template:some (Ver. 2000) Template:no Template:no
ZCubes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Zoho Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Office suite Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix

Main components Edit

Offline capabilities Edit

Word processor Spreadsheet Presentation Notetaking Flowchart Raster graphics Vector graphics Image viewer Formula editor Database Project management Desktop publishing PDF export
Ability Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:yes
Celframe Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2With Adobe Distiller functions
Feng Office Community Edition Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no
GNOME Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:yes2Dia[2] Template:yes2GIMP Template:yes2Inkscape[2] Template:yes2F-Spot[2] Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Planner[2] Template:no Template:yes2Yes[2]
GobeProductive Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no
Google Apps Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Google Notebook Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes2Picasa, Picasaweb Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes
Breadbox Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes
iWork Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Stickies[2] Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes2iPhoto and Preview[2] Template:yes2Grapher[2] Template:yes2Bento Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes
KOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2BasKet[2] Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Digikam[2] Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Yes[2]
Lotus SmartSuite Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no
MarinerPak Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
Microsoft Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Microsoft Works Template:yes Template:yes Template:partial Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
NeoOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
OpenOffice.org Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
ShareOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no
SoftMaker Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:no Template:yes Template:yes2DataMaker Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
StarOffice Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
WordPerfect Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2 Template:yes2 Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
ZCubes Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:yes Template:no Template:no Template:no
Word processor Spreadsheet Presentation Notetaking Flowchart Raster graphics Vector graphics Image viewer Formula Database Project management Desktop publishing PDF export

Online capabilities Edit

Email Web design Collaboration
Ability Office Template:no Template:no Template:no
Celframe Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes2Google Docs, plugin in all apps
Feng Office Community Edition Template:yes2 beta Template:no Template:yes
GNOME Office Template:yes2Evolution Template:no Template:no
GobeProductive Template:no Template:yes Template:no
Google Apps Template:yes2Gmail Template:yes2Google Sites Template:yes
Breadbox Office Yes Yes Template:no
IBM Lotus Symphony Template:no Template:no Template:no
iWork Template:yes2Mail[2] Template:yes2iWeb[3] Template:yes
Kingsoft Office (WPS Office) Template:no Template:no Template:no
KOffice Template:yes2Kontact[2] Template:yes2Quanta+[2] Template:no
Lotus SmartSuite Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
MarinerPak Template:no Template:no Template:no
Microsoft Office Template:yes Template:yes Template:yes
Microsoft Works Template:no Template:no Template:no
NeoOffice Template:no Template:yes Template:no
OpenOffice.org Template:no Template:yes Template:no
ShareOffice Template:no Template:no Template:yes
SoftMaker Office Template:no Template:no Template:no
StarOffice Template:no Template:yes Template:no
WordPerfect Office Template:yes Template:no Template:no
ZCubes Template:no Template:yes Template:yes
Email Web design Collaboration

Unicode support Edit

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

HistoricalEdit

  • 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.* 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 IBM Lotus Symphony)
  • 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 alsoEdit

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