Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.
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?
Works 8.0 is ideal for technophobes and Luddites who need an extremely simple interface for their home-computing chores.
You'll love Office 2001 as much as you may have disliked its predecessors. This must-have upgrade sets the standard for Mac office suites, thanks to its Mac-specific look and feel and a host of new tools.
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.
Family Pack 5.0 is a good deal for home users seeking a bargain bundle with plenty of productivity and security tools.
Microsoft Works Suite 2004 delivers quality productivity apps for families, but there's not enough new this year to make Suite 2003 users switch.
WordPerfect Office 12.0 offers a feature-rich and affordable alternative to Microsoft Office for SOHO users but suffers from poor file conversion.
If you already use Microsoft Office, don't bother looking here. If you're a die-hard WordPerfect fan, this lackluster upgrade isn't worth the price; stick with the version you have.
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.
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.
Microsoft Office XP's online and collaborative tool improvements make it a smart upgrade for businesses and groups, but it's not worth the cost, time, and effort for single or home users.
For a bargain $100, Works Suite 2002 gives you a terrific word processor, a decent spreadsheet program and database, and a bunch of other top-notch apps. It's the best alternative suite value for students and home office users.
If you've been waiting for a good reason to purchase Mac OS X, Office X is it. But if you're happy with both Office 2001 and OS 9, you won't find enough improvements to justify the $299 upgrade price.
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 Suite 2003 is a true bargain. It's the best at-home or at-school productivity suite--as long as you can do without Excel and PowerPoint--and it costs half as much as Office XP.
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.