Works Suite is a stunning collection of software at a bargain price. -- Computer Shopper
With six great Microsoft software titles in one affordable package, Microsoft Works Suite 2006 has something for everyone in your household. Works Suite includes a full version of Word plus easy-to-use tools for home organization, personal finance, travel planning, photo editing and organization, and interactive learning. With something for everyone in your home, Works Suite 2006 is the ideal combination of six great software titles in one affordable package. Microsoft Works Suite 2006 includes a full vers...
This is a reasonable 'office' productivity package for home users. It has a full copy of Word 2002 (not the Office 2003 version though) that's far more functional than the standard Works 8 word processor. Word is by far the most used office package so this MS Suite really scores over the basic MS Works 8 bundled in with PCs. In addition the suite has MS Works, and that provides a very simple Excel type spreadsheet and an equally simple non-relational database that's fine for things like your CD and DVD collection. There's no Powerpoint style slide presenter though. MS works isn't anything like as powerful as MS Office 2003 Pro (or anything like as expensive or as complicated to get to grips with). This Works Suite scores though in also providing some extra software packages: MS Money 2006 (home finance) and Encarta Standard 2006 (a pretty good encyclopedia) and AutoRoute Streets and Trips Essentials that covers all of Europe. There is also a good simple photo editing and archiving software package as well, but this isn't anything like as sophisticated as Photoshop Elements that is often bundled with cameras and scanners. So Works Suite 2006 is a worthwhile upgrade on the standard bundled PC office software on a new PC - far better than just MS Works. Plus, unlike MS Office 2003, this Works Suite 2006 will run on older versions of Windows (98SE, ME, 2000 and XP) - except Encarta which is 2000/XP only.
However for basic home-office, if you have simple needs (or far more complex), try out OpenOffice.org [v2.0]. It's a free download, has basic compatibility with MS Office (it includes Writer, Calc, & DataBase, plus a PowerPoint style presenter and a full drawing package) and has all the main functionality of MS Office. You can buy OpenOffice as Star Office for manuals, better support etc., but then you might well go for this Works Suite 2006 or MS Office Student Edition as it's not much more expensive). OpenOffice has a more complex user interface though, but of course it's free to try out and use, plus there is on-line help. Amazon also sell the cheap office package Ability Office Pro that adds in a good database to its versions of word, powerpoint and excel, and it is highly rated and cheap to buy (it costs rather less than Works Suite). Like this Works Suite 2006 these office software options also run on older versions of Windows.
If you have a student in the house also have a look at MS Office 2003 student and teacher - yes even your 5 year old child can buy it for 'himself' when his primary school stamps the enclosed leaflet). It has Word, PowerPoint and Excel, plus Outlook for emails/calender. Note though that the university where I work (University College London) will sell any of their students a full copy of Microsoft Office Professional for £67 (via a Viglen online link), so prospective students should check this out with their college. Office Pro adds the DataBase Access and the desktop publisher 'Publisher'. There are often similar discounts for other MS products (e.g. Encarta, Project, XP Pro). Also ask around, Uncle Fred may have a full licensed copy of an older version of MS Office Pro (e.g. 2000 or XP) going spare - I have both.
So MS Works Suite 2006 is highly recommended for an interesting full home office bundle. But do consider the other options I mention.Read more ›
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