Office Suites

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[#opnoffic]: OpenOffice

OpenOffice Product page lists the main programs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, and Math.

Libre Office
Information may be available at: Wikipedia's page on LibreOffice.
[#goooorg]: Go-oo
The home page has stated, “Going forward, the Go-oo project will be discontinued in favor of LibreOffice.” Wikipedia page on Go-oo.
A Mac-specific port. Uses Java. See: Wikipedia's page on NeoOffice.
Oracle Open Office (previously called StarOffice), StarSuite
Historical notes

This has had some components which have been discontinued, as noted by Wikipedia's list of discontinued components.

The license has been LGPL. Earlier versions were licensed under Sun's SISSL license, or both Sun's SISSL License and LGPL.

StarOffice 8 had been a part of Google Pack. (The software that is considered to be a part of Google Pack has changed over time.)

Wikipedia's office on Oracle Open Office: “History” section references StarDivision and Sun Microsystems.

IBM Lotus Symphony
Some key information from Wikipedia's page on IBM Lotus Symphony says “the suite has a name similar to the 1980s DOS suite Lotus Symphony, but the two programs are otherwise unrelated.” That same web page discusses licensing a bit, explaining why “IBM does not have to release the source code of Symphony.” Unlike many other OpenOffice solutions, Wikipedia lists the license of this variant as being a “Proprietary” license.
[#gnomofic]: GNOME Office (and Debian's GNOME Office package)
May consist of: AbiWord, Gnumeric, Evolution, Evince, and more. Some different packages may vary in what additional software is included. The Debian's GNOME Office package suggests some additional software, such as the GNOME version of Dia. Wikipedia's article for GNOME Office (as archived by the Wayback Machine @ in 2007) has stated, “The integration between the various applications in the suite is rather loose” ... “Integration is achieved chiefly through the Bonobo component technology.” However, Wikipedia's article for Bonobo has stated, “The GNOME release has officially deprecated Bonobo sometime since GNOME 2.4,” ... “and developers have been advised to use or switch to an alternative such as D-Bus.” (Citations were provided by the text at Wikipedia.)
[#koffice]: KOffice
The official site is Wikipedia's list of Features: KWord, KSpread, KPresenter, Kexi, Kivio, Karbon14, Krita, Kugar/KChart, KFormula, KPlato Wikipedia's list of Features says “KOffice was originally written for Linux but, as of version 2, also supports Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.” The software may also run on other platforms: there are OpenBSD pacakges for KOffice and for translations of KOffice.
[#gogldocs]: Google Docs
An online option, there may be some considerations (such as how confidential the data remains, how dependant one becomes on the ongoing reliability and continued offerings by a third party, etc.)
Feng Office Community Edition

Although this is an online-capable option (similar to Google Docs), the licensing is described by Wikipedia's web page on the GNU AGPLv3.

Wikipedia's comparison of office suites shows this does not support some file formats that are commonly supported by other office suites.

[#msworks]: Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works has the historical distinction of providing both a text mode and a graphical interface in the versions meant to be run under MS-DOS, possibly making this the nicest software to use in that environment. This might pre-date Microsoft Office? In later times, Microsoft has continued to offer Works as an alternative that is a lower cost than Microsoft Office. There has been a version of Microsoft Office which came with the word processor from Microsoft Works (and which did not come with Microsoft Word, the typical word processor from Microsoft Office) (and this version did not include any of the other major applications from Microsoft Works, instead coming with other programs, like Microsoft Excel, which have more commonly been included with Microsoft Office releases).

Wikipedia's page on the now-discontinued IBM Works says that IBM's Works was developed by IBM UK and had been known as Legato, and subsequently as Footprint Works. Despite the name, this software may have little to nothing to do with Microsoft Works other than being similar in function as well as name. (However, Microsoft and IBM had been known to share quite a bit of programming code in the twentieth century, causing code to be shared between products such as MS-DOS, PC-DOS, Microsoft Windows, and OS/2.)

[#msoffice]: Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office comes with Microsoft Excel and additional software. Microsoft Excel has been the only offering that has always, consistently and also without exception, been part of Office. Included in Microsoft Office is one of the word processors that have been bundled with MS Office (which has almost always been Microsoft Word although the word processor from MS Works has been known to be bundled in instead of Microsoft Word. The amount of additional software may vary based on the exact Microsoft Office product bundle that is purchased: popular possibilities may include E-Mail software, database software, and presentation software.
Other options
Wikipedia's comparison of office suites: section comparing general/technical info shows a chart comparing quite a bit of software. Earlier parts of the page may show some additional options (such as the open source Andrew User Interface System, which at the time of this writing was not in the chart).