Office software (IT)

Published on: 15th June 2020 | Updated on: 7th April 2022

Within computing, an ‘office suite’ is a collection of apps to assist with document creation, collaborative working and productivity.

Office suites frequently include a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation app. There are many office suite options e.g. Microsoft Office 365 includes access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Some NHS organisations work with Microsoft tools. There are other and free alternatives as well. Individual apps may also be used instead of suites.

Lists of office suites
Office 365 for NHSmail users during pandemic

NHSmail users were notified that Microsoft Teams usage had been enabled for them from March 2020 for a free period. This was intended to support collaborative work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For organisations that run NHSmail, all users will have access to Teams, subject to local administration and configuration.

The free period was initially scheduled to last for three months initially through restricted licenses which also included access to Office 365. The free period may be further reviewed given the ongoing pandemic.

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