Productivity software


Productivity software (also called personal productivity software or office productivity software) is application software used for producing information (such as
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presentation A presentation conveys information from a speaker to an audience An audience is a group of people who participate in a show or encounter a work of art A work of art, artwork, art piece, piece of art or art object is an a ...

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s, databases, charts, Information graphics, graphs, digital paintings, electronic music and digital video). Its names arose from it increasing productivity, especially of individual white-collar worker, office workers, from Data entry clerk, typists to knowledge workers, although its scope is now wider than that. #Office suite, Office suites, which brought word processor, word processing, spreadsheet, and relational database programs to the desktop computer, desktop in the 1980s, are the core example of productivity software. They revolutionized the office with the magnitude of the productivity increase they brought as compared with the pre-1980s office environments of typewriters, paper filing, and handwritten lists and ledgers. In the United States, some 78% of "middle-skill" occupations (those that call for more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree) now require the use of productivity software. In the 2010s, productivity software has become even more consumerization, consumerized than it already was, as computing becomes ever more integrated into daily personal life.


Productivity software traditionally runs directly on a computer. For example, Commodore Plus/4 model of computer contained in Read-only memory, ROM for applications of productivity software. Productivity software is one of the reasons people use personal computers.

Office suite

An office suite is a bundle of productivity software (a software suite) intended to be used by white-collar worker, office 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 earliest office suite for personal computers was Starburst (office suite), Starburst in the early 1980s, comprising the WordStar word processor, the CalcStar spreadsheet and the DataStar database software. Other suites arose in the 1980s, and Microsoft Office came to dominate the market in the 1990s,''A Brief History of Computing,'' by Gerard O'Regan
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Office suite components

The base components of office suites are: * Word processor * Spreadsheet * Presentation program Other components include: * Database software * Graphics suite (raster graphics editor, vector graphics editor, image viewer) * Desktop publishing software * Formula editor * Diagramming software * Email client * Communication software * Personal information manager * Notetaking software * Groupware * Project management software * Web log analysis software

See also

* Integrated software * List of office suites * List of collaborative software * List of personal information managers * List of software that supports Office Open XML * Comparison of word processors * Comparison of spreadsheet software * Comparison of notetaking software * Online office suite * Online spreadsheet * OpenDocument software


External links

* {{office suites Office software, Personal information managers