If you’re shopping for a software suite that allows you to create a variety of documents, some of your choices include the various versions, or editions, of Microsoft Office 2010. What’s included with your purchase depends on the edition of the software you select.
Home and Student Version
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Microsoft Word is a word-processing software that helps you create letters, mailing lists, résumés, reports and other documents. It includes the ability to insert pictures, hyperlinks, charts and tables into your document. Microsoft Excel is Microsoft's spreadsheet application, and PowerPoint gives you tools to design slide shows for presentations. OneNote helps you to capture your thoughts, notes and research in an area on the side of your computer screen while you review documents or conduct online research.
Home and Business Version
Along with the items included in the home and student version, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 adds Outlook. This software is an email and personal information management tool that allows you to group emails in folders and archive them. It also provides scheduling capabilities, the ability to create calendar-based reminders for yourself and tools to search your email.
Microsoft Office Professional 2010 includes all of the software that's in the other two versions, plus Publisher and Access. Publisher is a desktop publishing software that provides templates and tools to help you create flyers, brochures, newsletters and other publications. Access is a database-creation tool offering templates, themes and reporting tools.
All versions of Microsoft Office 2010 require a processor of at least 500 MHz and 1.5GB of hard-drive space. You also need a CD or DVD drive and 256MB of RAM. Office 2010 is compatible with Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit only), Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7. You must also have a display setup capable of a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels or greater.