June 29, 2011
We field many calls requesting help with the user's "Microsoft." These calls can often mean Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or even the Operating System. So what is the difference?
The Operating System (OS) is the software that runs on the PC. The dictionary.com meaning is "the collection of software that directs a computer's operations, controlling and scheduling the execution of other programs, and managing storage, input/out, and communication resources." The OS is needed to run the other apps you use in your business. Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer run within the Operating System.
Microsoft Office is a collection of applications such as Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Power Point, Outlook, and Info Path. This collection of applications gives you various functions from developing presentation materials, recording data and housing that data, to simply checking email and keeping up with contacts and your calendar.
Internet Explorer is the application you use to browse the internet. You can browse web pages and also access web applications via the web browser.
There are distinct differences in these Microsoft products. Being clear about the issue and which part of the Microsoft collection of applications is causing issues can be vital to a timlier fix to your problem.