Office 2016 arrives today with big updates to how you work with others. But how does it stack up against its number one adversary Google Docs?
The Corel WordPerfect Office X4 suite best fits those who prefer traditional interfaces for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. We found the features rich, but the execution sometimes clumsy.
Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.
Overall, Microsoft Office Standard 2007 is a worthy upgrade if you need to make sleeker-looking documents and presentations to share with others, and Outlook is better than ever, but you can stick to your current software if you don't feel that it lacks anything.
Corel WordPerfect Office X3 is a very good productivity suite with enough enhancements to warrant an upgrade. Microsoft Office users, though, should wait for Microsoft Office 12.
WordPerfect Office 12.0 Home Edition is designed for families, not businesses, and it's useful mainly to collect, edit, and burn digital images onto CDs or DVDs for personal use.
Designed for families, not businesses, Microsoft Works Suite 2005 contains all of the tools to plan and budget a family vacation, then edit the digital images afterward.
Works 8.0 is ideal for technophobes and Luddites who need an extremely simple interface for their home-computing chores.
For a fraction of the price of Microsoft Office, StarOffice 7.0 offers a feature-packed productivity suite suitable for home users and educators.
WordPerfect Office 12.0 offers a feature-rich and affordable alternative to Microsoft Office for SOHO users but suffers from poor file conversion.
Family Pack 5.0 is a good deal for home users seeking a bargain bundle with plenty of productivity and security tools.
The improvements in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint make this upgrade worth the cash, especially for Office 2001 users, but the new Project Center needs beefing up.
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Student Edition
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Professional Edition
Microsoft Works Suite 2004 delivers quality productivity apps for families, but there's not enough new this year to make Suite 2003 users switch.
Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003
Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003