Software giant Microsoft continues to lead the world in productivity software with its Office editions. The popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs are available with every Office software suite. Additional programs included in more advanced versions can make distinguishing between the software types confusing. Office Enterprise and Office Ultimate rank as the top two Office suites, with the most software applications included.
As of 2009 Microsoft had eight editions of its Office 2007 suite: Office Basic 2007, Office Enterprise 2007, Office Home and Student 2007, Office Professional 2007, Office Professional Plus 2007, Office Small Business 2007, Office Standard 2007 and Office Ultimate 2007. Each suite of productivity software is designed and packaged for specific purposes, including certain software and not including others depending on its target market. Office Basic 2007 includes just three programs, whereas Office Ultimate 2007 includes 10 programs, along with a number of additional tools.
Office Enterprise 2007 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, Groove, OneNote and Communicator, along with tools for content management and electronic forms. Communicator is the only program in the Enterprise suite not included in Office Ultimate 2007.
Office Ultimate 2007 is the most jam-packed suite of productivity tools in the Office lineup. The Ultimate suite includes everything Enterprise has, with the exception of Communicator. In addition, it includes Outlook with Business Contact Manager and Accounting Express.
Enterprise 2007 was designed for individuals and businesses who desire to work together and share information easily and quickly. They key word for Enterprise is synchronization, allowing an unlimited number of users to collaborate on any given number of projects. The key component is the inclusion of Communicator, an instant-messaging and file-sharing program.
Ultimate 2007 is for the individual or business that needs a complete toolkit to be productive. End users enjoy the contact organizer of Business Contact Manager, as well as the essential accounting tools of Accounting Express to handle the financials of their home, organization or business.
Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 is available in either individual or volume-licensing programs. For an individual license, Ultimate's price tag was $679.95 as of 2009. Upgrading licenses from the Office 2003 suite of products to the 2007 edition will run you $539.95.
Office Enterprise 2007 is only available through Microsoft's volume-licensing programs, meaning an end user must purchase at least five licenses to acquire the product. Pricing depends on whether the end user wants to pay up front---as with an Open Business volume program---or spread out payments over three years and include a software quality assurance plan, as with an Open Value volume program.
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