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1 Introduction


The Microsoft® Office system is a client-based system that is designed to facilitate the design, development, and management of content and data by information workers, developers, and IT professionals. The system consists of protocol clients and client-based components that can function as stand-alone applications, integrated applications that communicate with each other, and integrated applications that communicate with each other and supporting protocol servers. Protocol clients use the data structures, file formats, and protocols that are described in section 2.2 and related documents.

The primary protocol clients in the Office system are:

  • Access® – Desktop database application that helps users track and report data, and share data more securely by using the Web.

  • Excel® – Spreadsheet application that helps users analyze, report, and manage data.

  • InfoPath® – Form development application that enables teams and organizations to gather, share, and reuse information by using electronic forms.

  • OneNote® – Digital notebook application that enables users to gather, organize, and search notes and other types of information, and to share those notes with others.

  • Outlook® – Internet messaging application that also provides a comprehensive time and information manager, enabling users to prioritize, organize, and search information.

  • PowerPoint® – Presentation application that enables users to create and broadcast presentations, and it offers extensive graphics and formatting capabilities.

  • Publisher – Desktop publishing application that enables users to create, personalize, and distribute a wide range of publications and marketing materials in-house.

  • SharePoint® Workspace and Groove® – Collaboration application that enables teams to work together from virtually any location.

  • Word - Document authoring application that provides a comprehensive set of writing tools, and helps users design, create, and share documents.

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