Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application. In contrast to Microsoft Word, where the focus is on text composition and proofing, Microsoft Publisher is focused on the design and layout of pages.
Available in higher-end versions of Microsoft Office, Publisher can be used to create a wide variety of publications, from business cards and calendars, to newsletters and greetings cards.
Publisher is seen as an easy-to-use, entry-level desktop publisher and is targeted at individuals or small businesses who may not have design professionals at hand. More expensive alternatives in the market include Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.
Microsoft OneNote is an app that is designed for research, note-taking, and information storage. Similar to apps like Evernote and Dropbox Paper, it lets you store text and images in free-form documents which you can keep private or share with others. OneNote is a part of the Microsoft Office Suite, along with programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
OneNote uses the metaphor of a notebook, complete with books, sections, and pages. Your copy of OneNote can have multiple notebooks, each dedicated to a different topic. You might have a notebook for work and one for personal information, for example, or you might create a handful of different notebooks for each major project.
Within the notebook, you can create sections to organize your notes even further. If you work in sales, for example, you could create a different section for each client. Finally, within any section, you can have an unlimited number of pages, making it easy to track information over long periods.
Microsoft Planner is a to-do app that comes with Office 365. It’s used for personal and teamwork planning, with a simple card-based interface that’s similar to Trello. Here’s a quick look at how to use it.
Planner is available for anyone with a paid subscription to Office 365 (O365), whether that’s a personal subscription you’ve paid yourself or an enterprise license your company pays for. It’s not available for free, but our sister site Review Geek has a list of great alternatives if you don’t have a paid O365 subscription.
Microsoft Forms (formerly Office Forms) is an online survey creator, part of Office 365. Released by Microsoft in June 2016, Forms allows users to create surveys and quizzes with automatic marking. The data can be exported to Microsoft Excel.
With Microsoft Forms, you can create surveys, quizzes, and polls, invite others to respond to it using almost any web browser or mobile device, see real-time results as they're submitted, use built-in analytics to evaluate responses, and export results to Excel for additional analysis or grading.
In 2019, Microsoft released a preview of Forms Pro which gives users the ability to export data into a Power BI dashboard.