Microsoft Office Xp Professional

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Kids today just don't realize how good they have it (electronically speaking, that is). People of my age (Gen X) grew up during the home computing boom, but the current crop of kids are smack in the middle of things. My, have things have changed in just the last 25 years!

When I was a kid, some family friends owned a Pong console. Boy, did I think they were cool. (They also owned a ukulele, which they kept in the same room as Pong. A ukulele andPong? That's pretty much the apex of geek chic in my humble opinion.) Then a few years later, home desktop computers starting popping up all over the place: in classrooms, in homes, and in offices. The world was starting to change--rapidly--although few could predict it at the time.

These first home computers, ones like the Commodore 64 (complete with cassette tape drive) or the Apple II, were, by today's standards, hopelessly clunky and slow. But at the time, they were cutting edge. Computers at this time were united by hardware, i.e., the actual computer itself. Things might have continued along this path; however, an upstart company in Redmond, WA came along and revolutionized the way people use, interact with, and even think about they way they use computers.

The Microsoft Revolution
Microsoft started with a dream: a personal computer on every desk in every home. In 1975, when the company was founded, this seemed more like a pipe dream than anything that could remotely happen. (The first all-electronic computer, built in 1946 by the University of Pennsylvania, was 50 feet long, 30 feet wide, and weighed almost 30 tons.) Now, 30 years later, this dream has proven to be downright prescient.

A decade after the company's founding, Microsoft's flagship software, the Windows operating system, first hit store shelves. Microsoft Windows ushered in a new era for personal computing, one based on the operating system and not the hardware running it. So while the 1980s started with an Apple vs. IBM mindset, Microsoft changed the scope of the argument. Today, when you buy a non-Apple computer, it's a matter of course that a Microsoft operating system will be pre-installed.

In a relatively short span of time after the introduction of Windows, Microsoft was dominating the market (even virtually driving onetime neck-and-neck competitor Apple out of business). Microsoft soon branched out into other personal computing applications, leading to the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Microsoft Office
In today's business climate, nearly every workplace is running Microsoft Office. Those who don't use this software are putting themselves at a great disadvantage. Email has become invaluable to modern businesses (so much so that it's difficult to imagine what life was like without it). So when you receive an attached document from a colleague or client, and that person didn't use MS Office, it creates a minor inconvenience. That's a testament to Microsoft's scope of influence.

The Microsoft Office suite of products, like the Microsoft operating systems, have gone through a number of versions and iterations throughout the years. Microsoft's current operating system, Windows XP, became de rigueurwhen it was released a few years ago. Released shortly thereafter, Microsoft Office XP, like Windows XP, significantly improved upon its predecessors.

Microsoft Office Professional consists of the following components: MS Word (word processor), MS Excel (spreadsheet), MS Access (database), MS Outlook (email), MS FrontPage (web and HTML design), and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office XP Professional was, at the time of its release, the most powerful and streamlined version of Office yet produced. Featuring full integrations between the programs and numerous other time-saving innovations, Microsoft Office XP Professional is the most widely used PC software for home, school, and the office.

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