Productivity software (or office productivity software) is application software dedicated to producing information, such as documents, presentations, worksheets, databases, charts, graphs, digital paintings, electronic music and digital video.
Productivity software traditionally run directly on a computer. For example Commodore Plus/4 model of computer contained in ROM four applications of productivity software. Productivity software is one of the reasons people use personal computers. Productivity software help the professional or common user to enhance and complete their tasks. There is no computer or operating system that lacks of some sort of productivity software of any kind. Productivity software programs are usually offered bundled in office suites which allow interaction among the individual suite components in a superior fashion than the operating system alone allows.
An office suite is a collection of bundled productivity software intended to be used by knowledge workers. The components are generally distributed together, have a consistent user interface and usually can interact with each other, sometimes in ways that the operating system would not normally allow.
Typical office suite components
Existing office suites contain wide range of various components. Most typically, the base components include:
Less common components of office suites include:
- Database software
- Graphics suites (raster graphics editors, vector graphics editors, image viewers)
- Desktop publishing software
- Formula editors
- Diagramming software
- Email clients
- Communication software
- Personal information managers
- Notetaking software
- Project management software
- Web log analysis software
- Integrated software
- List of office suites
- List of collaborative software
- List of personal information managers
- List of software that supports Office Open XML
- Comparison of word processors
- Comparison of spreadsheet software
- Comparison of notetaking software
- Online office suite
- Online spreadsheet
- OpenDocument software
- Office Suites at DMOZ
- "Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared". InformationWeek. United Business Media. 8 December 2008.