Being able to use Microsoft Office is always the first thing that is mentioned on the Curriculum Vitae, at the IT competency field. Every student learns how to write essays in Microsoft Word, how to make a pretty PowerPoint slideshow that shows their creativity and design abilities and how to draw a table and fill it in, with Microsoft Excel. Actually, at an office, nobody can even think about one of their colleagues not to know how to use Microsoft Office – it’s impossible. As a parallel to the high-school level, Word allows the employees of the firm create flowcharts, invitations and posters. Excel helps designing spreadsheets, calendars and timelines. And last but not least, PowerPoint helps a great deal with official business presentations, flyers and for publicity reasons.
Exactly for the fact that there three separate programs that come as a bundle have so many features, people tend to use Microsoft Office for absolutely everything they need. Actually, for many of the people around the world, the programs that are part of Microsoft Office are the default programs of their computers. If something is needed, Office can surely provide the tools to solve it. If the materials are provided, the carpenter will remake the wall again and again. He will never cook a roast beef, because well, he has only the tape measure and the chalk. But what about the carpenter had some new objects in his toolbox that made his life and work so much easier?
Google has a great alternative to Microsoft Office – a trio useful for Docs, Sheets and Slides and fortunately, it is available for free. iWork is the substitute that Apple has to offer, but these two are also very known bundles that have a lot of fame in the domain.
There are also programs that can fulfill the same tasks but at a different level. Gliffy is a very good choice if you need to create a flowchart. Different shapes, lines and connecting arrows are ready to be used in a business flowchart, making a very big difference from your project and the one of your colleague who created it in Microsoft Office. “Where do I find the shapes?” or “How do I add a connecting line?” won’ t be the questions you will ask in the middle of solving your problems or when seeing someone else’s plan that looks to much more professional than yours.
The internet offers through its websites and apps a large variety of possibilities, but some years ago, Microsoft Office was the only tool to solve all these business related schemes. However, a more superior product can be obtained by choosing programs and apps that are specifically created for a certain need.
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