- Word - the perfect tool for creating exceptional reports with title pages and headlines that stand out with dramatic effects, writing research papers with features like citations and bibliographies that save time and assist in accuracy. In Word you can add impact, style, and clarity to your work with a wide variety of SmartArt graphics and text effects that help give your writing a polished look and help you communicate key ideas or data visually
- Excel – the powerful analysis tools in Excel help you identify trends in data at a glance. The 3-D charts and graphs mean you can visualise your information and the conditional formatting feature means you can highlight significant items in your data set. Sparklines-small charts that summarise information - can be inserted alongside your data
- PowerPoint – helping you to showcase your originality by expressing ideas using media from high-quality video to audio and photos in PowerPoint. PowerPoint has photo and video editing features that incorporate visual effects which are easy to use and help to make your presentations more dramatic. You can even broadcast your presentation through your Web browser to remote audiences
- Outlook – gives you email, calendar and task tools to simplify communication and organise your personal schedules with reminders so you don't have to forget an appointment or miss a meeting ever again. You can stay connected to your email using Outlook Mobile on your smartphone.
- OneNote – a great tool to capture and share all your information – particularly useful for taking notes which will link automatically to Word or PowerPoint. You can sync to the cloud and access and edit your entire notebook from a browser, even on a machine that doesn't have OneNote installed!
- Publisher – these powerful design tools help you promote yourself or your club to create posters, brochures, postcards and much more. There are photo-editing options and advanced typography tools to help make your marketing material really stand out.
- Access – organise most types of information – research material to accounts data – by creating databases in Access. Managing complex information is easy using pre-built templates that you can then customise to your own specification
By Amy Henderson, writer for Phoenix Software on tips for students and student software.