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Microsoft Works

What is Microsoft Works?

Microsoft Works is a similar office suite as its bigger cousin, Microsoft Office, but it’s a smaller, faster, and cheaper (as it’s mostly free and is bundled with new computers as OEM software) alternative. Like the first edition of Microsoft Office that was first released 21 years ago, Microsoft Works contains fewer features and applications, which include a word processing software, a spreadsheet, and a database management tool, similar to Microsoft Access. Later, the applications included in the Microsoft Works suite were expanded to include a calendar software that can manage tasks and schedules, similar to a facet of Microsoft Outlook, plus a dictionary software. It also includes a Works Portfolio utility, similar in essence and purpose to Microsoft Binder, which was a software used to collate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in one single file (.obd).

Microsoft Works is compatible with and can support access to Microsoft Word (.doc) and Microsoft Excel (.xls) files. Works however has its own proprietary file format system; for documents it uses the .wps for word-processed documents, .wdb for databases, and .wks for spreadsheets. This file format limits its use severely on larger corporate settings.

Works was discontinued in 2008 and its functionality was taken over by the Office Starter Edition.

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