Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office

Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 is a great tool for personal, school, and work use. Microsoft Office 2010 includes many great tools throughout is software including Word, Power Point, Excell, Access, OneNote, Publisher, Groove, Outlook, and Share Point. Throughout these pieces of software you can do a wide variety of things including papers, letters, productions, and account ballances. Click on the link below to discover more about this vast array of tools that Microsoft has made availible through Office 2010. For free alternative to Microsoft Office, visit the bottom of this page
Office 2010

Office 2010 requires Windows XP or higher to perform on your computer. Office 2010 has improved on the previous version of Office 2007 with newer templates, products, and tools that make the use of the systems more easy to use and faster to complete. Below are a list of products that are included in Microsoft Office 2010 that would be great to try and use for your future projects. There are also screenshots included of the most popular Microsoft Office applications.

  • Word
Microsoft Word is a word processor and was previously considered the main program in Office. Word is also available in some editions of Microsoft Works. It is available for the Windows and Mac platforms. It is the main word processor used throughout schools all over the US and is necessary in every classroom. It also has different templates that can be used for either calendars, work sheets, or even resumes.

  • Power Point
Microsoft PowerPoint, usually just called PowerPoint, is a non-free commercial presentation program developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Office suite, and runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X operating system. The current versions are Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 for Windows and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Users should aware that overusing Power Point can sometimes cause "Death by Power Point" which was a phrase developed involving the overuse of the program and people getting bored with what was being said. This is a great tool though for presentations when used under the right capacity.


  • Excel
Excel is a spreadsheet program. It is used to create graphs and tables of information. Tables in Excel are a lot easier to manipulate than tables in Word. You can also use formulas and functions in Excel. There are basic formulas such as adding and figuring averages, and more complex functions such as counting how many times certain criteria occurs. Excel can be used to analyze students’ scores on assignments and for simple tables of information.
  • Access
Access is a database is a database program. Access is easier to use than Excel when manipulating lots of information. For example, you can input a list of concert music. From that list, you can create advanced searches—queries—like only classical concert music that is at least five minutes long. Another example would be creating a mailing list for students in a particular club. You could make a query that will find only students volunteering for a specific event.
  • OneNote
OneNote is a digital notebook software. It even has its own app for smartphones to update notes from anywhere. You can insert hyperlinks from websites, other files like Word, PowerPoint, etc, and audio files to any notebook page. OneNote also saves automatically. OneNote.jpg

  • Publisher
Publisher is a publication software. It has many templates to begin from like brochures, business cards, calendars, and newsletters. Publisher’s templates are a lot easier to use than creating them in Word. Publisher would be a good tool to use in any classroom because students could create these items in Word. Publisher is a good tool to use in any class because it has many applications. For example, students could create brochures to explain any topic. You could also create certificates, banners, flyers, calendars, and newsletters for your students.
  • Groove
  • Outlook
Outlook is Microsoft's default e-mail program. It allows users to synchronize several e-mail address accounts in one location, including checking e-mail, sending e-mail, calender events and sharing contacts. This is a great program if you have a separate school-specific e-mail address and want one convenient location to check all e-mail.
  • Share Point
    • Share Point is still accessible in the 2007 software version, but not yet in 2010.

Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Due to the price of Microsoft office and the fact that it does not come on all computers, it would be helpful to know of some free, legal alternatives. The main two alternatives are:

  • Google Documents
    • With any google account, click documents on the top menu bar. Here you can create new Microsoft Office files without any program on your computer. You can access these files from any computer connected to the internet, print files, and convert them to .pdf. Google Documents can also be used to create PowerPoints, spreadsheets, graphs, and drawings.

  • Open Office
    • Open Office ( is a free program that is designed to be similar to Microsoft Office. They are regularly updated, and can be opened on computers with Microsoft Office. It can be downloaded on the Open Office website. Open Office can open Word documents, but the document format is changed from .docx to .odf.