FA17S2 Productivity Software (Office Software)

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Productivity software is a category of software people use to produce information, such as documents, presentations, worksheets, databases, graphs, and much more. Productivity software is designed to help users work more efficiently. Examples of productivity applications include Microsoft Office and other business apps. Productivity apps are usually broken into two groups: productivity apps for people and productivity apps for businesses. If there is a certain task that needs to be done, there is more than likely a productivity app that can be used to will help complete the task in more efficiently.


Productivity Suites

  • Microsoft Office
    • Includes: word processor, e-mail, spreadsheet, presentation, note taking, database management, and more.
      • Cost: For 1 year commitment- $12.50 per user, per month. For monthly subscription- $15.00 per user, per month.
  • LibreOffice
    • Includes: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing program, database management, formula editor, and charts editor.
      • Cost: Free download!
  • Google Docs
    • Includes: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and database
      • Cost: Free web based software

Productivity Apps for Individuals

Productivity apps are being used more and more by individuals to help them promote information easier.

  • Time Management

Time management is an important aspect of productivity, therefore it makes sense that there are apps that help with time management in order to help people become more productive. Time is limited to 24 hours a day. Time management helps us as individuals ensure that we are making the most out of it. Calendar Software is a good example of productivity software that helps individuals become more aware of the things they have to complete every day.

Vueminder - Vueminder is an example of a calendar software program. It allows for people to manage tasks, keep track of appointments, get reminders, and even share their calendars.

Vueminder is a free download that is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

  • Word Processing

Word Processing is helpful when it comes to writing, printing, and editing text. There are many different applications used as word processors to help people increase their production of written projects. Word processing is a good example of productivity software because it allows people to write and edit quickly.

Microsoft Word - Microsoft Word is an example of a word processor, it is just one piece of the Microsoft suite.

Microsoft word cost $79.99 and is compatible with Windows 7 or later.

  • Email Services

Emails are a huge part of everyday life. People can easily contact others through email. Email is a useful tool for sending attachments so someone else can view them. Email services are a good example of productivity software that keeps people connected to others.

Yahoo - Yahoo is an example of an email service. It allows people to sign up and connect to others quickly through email or instant messaging.

Yahoo is a free web based service.

  • Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are helpful for collecting and storing data. It arranges data in rows and columns on a grid and makes it easy to make graphs or calculate different formulas. Spreadsheets are an example of productivity software that helps people stayed organized.

Kingsoft Spreadsheets - Kingsoft spreadsheets allows users to easily insert data into a grid. It also has many different templates to choose from and many different formulas to use.

Kingsoft Spreadsheets is free to download and is compatible with Excel 97'-2010

  • Presentation

Presentation software is fun and easy to use to create sequences of text or graphics to go with a presentation, whether formal or informal. Presentation are an example of productivity software which allows users to create colorful and informative presenations.

Haiku Deck - Haiku Deck has hundreds of different designs and millions of templates to use. It is easy to use and, when finished, the presentation has an elegant professional look.

Haiku Deck cost between $7.99 - $29.99 per month.

  • Communication

Communication is essential to stay connected, and as quickly as one can write an email, it is faster on both sides to send a test message. Communication software is an example of productivity software because it lets people immediately message while working on things for work, school, or just to use to stay in touch.

GroupMe - GroupMe lets users create group chats with as many people as they want. This way no one is left out. It will work on computers, phones, and tablets so the conversation continues while someone rotates from device to device.

GroupMe is free to download on smartphones and tablets and is a free web based software.

Productivity Apps for Businesses

Productivity apps for businesses help a business work and promote their business more efficiently. Office productivity suites were very costly at a point in life, but now there is free updated software available for business use.

  • Time Management

Time management software is a key asset in business productivity software. It allows for businesses to ensure that all things business are done in a professional and timely manner. If a business cannot keep up with deadlines, it will evidently lead to failure of the business.

Calendarscope - Calendarscope is a full-featured calendar software for planning, managing, and scheduling appointments, meetings, and other important events.

Calendarscope offers a free 30 day trial, however after that, you can buy the software for $29.95!

  • Word Processing

Word Processing software is important productivity software for businesses because it allows for business people an ability to write or present their works.

Writer - Writer from Libre Office has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, and more.

Writer, along with all the other products in the Libre Office Suite, is a free download!

  • Email Services

Businesses need to communicate with both clients and other businesses. Therefore, businesses use email service software.

Microsoft Outlook - Microsoft Outlook is an example of an email service software that business use.

Microsoft Outlook is a free web based software.

  • Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are important to businesses because they allow to keep track of sales, calculate information, and also display information in a variety of graphs.

Excel - Excel

    • Microsoft Excel
  • Presentation
    • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Employee Management
    • ActivTrak
      • Free
    • RescueTime
      • For a monthly subscription: $9 For annual subscription: $72


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