Microsoft Office 2003 is the latest version of the popular Office application suite. Microsoft Office 2003 comes in different editions that include a different set of Office applications. For example, the Microsoft Office Professional Edition, which we cover in this book, includes Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 with the Business Contact Manager, Publisher, and Access 2003. Table 1.1 provides a look at each of the Microsoft Office 2003 editions.
Table 1.1. The Different Editions of Microsoft Office 2003
No matter which edition of Office you use, you are provided with different software applications that you can use to tackle a large variety of business and personal tasks on the computer. For example, Word allows you to create reports , letters , and other documents, and Excel allows you to tackle spreadsheets, invoices, and do a wide variety of number- crunching tasks. Each application provides a specialized set of tools and environments for addressing your productivity needs.
Microsoft Office 2003 offers a number of new enhancements to the Office suite. This lesson serves as a quick overview of some of these new features. Other new features are highlighted in Part II of the book ("Migrating to Office 2003"). You will also use some new features as you explore each of the Office applications discussed in this book.