SEATTLE – Office, Microsoft Corp.’s collection of programs for business documents and tasks, is fast becoming a software platform unto itself.
A growing number of software developers are creating programs that run on top of Office, in the same way that Office and thousands of other applications run on Microsoft Windows.
Plug-ins are available that make Word a lawyer-friendly word processing system or turn the Excel spreadsheet into a virtual financial advisor, along with hundreds of other programs that boost the capabilities of Office software.
It was the vast number of third-party Windows programs that led to that platform’s dominance of the personal computer market and made Microsoft the world’s largest software maker.
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