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productivity software

Productivity software is a category of application programs that help users produce things such as documents, databases, graphs, worksheets and presentations. 

Many productivity applications are intended for business use. Examples of office productivity software include word processors, database management systems (DBMS), graphics software and spreadsheet applications. The definition of productivity software is sometimes broadened to include any type of application that is used to help people do their jobs, including collaboration and communication programs. 

Employee productivity (sometimes referred to as workforce productivity) is an assessment of the efficiency of a worker or group of workers. Productivity software increases that efficiency by facilitating people's tasks. For example, using a word processing application, such as Microsoft Word, which yields digital files, makes the tasks of creating, editing, storing and sharing documents much more efficient. Similarly, database management systems greatly simplify the tasks of storing, retrieving and working with data while also enormously expanding the capabilities of data manipulation and analysis.

Productivity software, like most types of applications, is increasingly available for mobile devices. However, mobile productivity apps are generally for basic tasks like e-mail, note-taking and calendar functions, rather than more substantial tasks, such as word processing.  

This was last updated in July 2015

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