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Difference Between MS Office Standard and Office Professional

ms-office_standardMS Office Standard vs Office Professional

Microsoft office Standard and Professional are Microsoft office systems created to provide easier projects, reports, presentations, e-mails,and document management. These are the common applications that we usually work on in our office, schools and homes. These office systems have created very productive results that we most often rely on them to do our tasks. Microsoft has developed them further for a much easier user interface. But how do these two really differ from each other?

Let’s take a look and compare the two with their latest 2007 versions. Microsoft Office Standard focuses mainly on developing software tools in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook to provide a much easier but with high quality documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These improvements made are intended for small businesses and home users. The menus have changed from drop-downs into what the Microsoft call “the ribbon” and the graphics have been re-designed. This makes tools and commands easier to locate and be used. The result is that you would be able to work faster.

On the other hand, Microsoft Office Professional focuses mainly for business use. It targets organized customer contact information, professional marketing materials and campaigns, and work efficiency. The task-based menus and toolbars in Office Professional automatically display the commands and options you can use, so it will be easier for you to find the features you need. Also, the Office Professional version has an Outlook application with Business Contact Manager and instant search for e-mails when you need to look and find something in your e-mails. It also features a “to-do” bar which offers consolidated view of calendar information, organize tasks, and e-mail messages are flagged for follow-up.

The key distinction between the two is their software applications. The Office Standard has Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel and Word only. While Office Professional has Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word and Outlook with Business Contact Manger. The Access includes a library of database templates for most common business processes and improved tools to filter, sort, and group data While the Publisher helps you publish a wide range of marketing publications for e-mail, web, and also, for printing.

1. The Office Standard focuses its software for small businesses and home users While Office Professionalís software is primarily for business purposes.

2. The Office Professional contains Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word and Outlook with Business Contact Manager While Office Standard contains Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

3. The Outlook software of Office Professional is more improved with Business
Contact Manager and instant search features.

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  1. Can i run M.O standard files with M.O Professional ?

    • Yes. The documents/files created in Standard can be used by Professional. Similarly the files created by Professional can be used by Standard (assuming you have the standard program). For example Professional has Access and Standard doesn’t, so you can’t run a professional access file on a standard application that doesn’t exist.

  2. As long as you work with differences which are normally tabulated, your should provide tables.

  3. The version of Microsoft Office Standard 2016 shows we have Publisher installed. I thought this was found only in the Pro Suite? Honestly, I have no idea what we have at this point. Honestly, Microsoft seems to create needless confusion.

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