Productivity Software


Web Browser. A software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.
TWU Standard Options: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome (in computer labs/classrooms and by request), Safari (Macs)

Word Processing. Using a computer to create, edit, and print documents. Of all computer applications, word processing is the most common.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Word/Word Online, Google Docs

Data Analysis (spreadsheets). For organization, analysis and storage of data in tabular form.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Excel/Excel Online, Google Sheets, SPSS

Presentations. Used to display information in the form of a slide show. It has three major functions: an editor that allows text to be inserted and formatted, a method for inserting and manipulating graphic images, and a slide-show system to display the content.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft PowerPoint/PowerPoint Online, Google Slides

Desktop Publishing. The creation of documents using page layout skills on a personal computer. Desktop publishing software can generate layouts and produce typographic quality text and images comparable to traditional typography and printing.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Publisher/Publisher Online

Calendars. Calendar events are stored online and can be viewed from any location. Multiple calendars can be created and shared, allowing different levels of permissions for each user.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Online, Google Calendar

Email Client. A method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients. Email operates across the Internet or other computer networks via an email provider's server facility.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Online,, GMail

PDF. A file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.
TWU Standard Options: Adobe Acrobat, Google Suite, Office/Office 365

Web Design. Structured wiki- and Web page-creation tools enable anyone to develop webpages. TWU uses Terminal4 to manage its web content; however, students, faculty, and staff may also create their own wiki and websites with standard software.
TWU Standard Options: Google Sites

Forms. Allows collection of information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.
TWU Standard Options: Microsoft Infopath, Google Forms, Nintex, Office 365 Forms

Organization Charts. Business diagrams, such as flowchart, timeline, PivotDiagram, and organizational chart, as well as process diagrams, floor plans, and more.
TWU Standard Option: Microsoft Visio (by request), Google Drawings

Getting started

TWU machines come with productivity software installed. TWU students and employees may access Office 365 and Google Suite with their TWU credentials through any browser (Google Suite works best with the Chrome browser).


Contact the Technology Service Desk at,, submit a request through the Technology Service Catalog, or submit a request by clicking Request Service on this page.

Who can use it

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Learn More

Office Training and Help
Office 365 Training Center

Office 365 Basics 
Learn Google Suite Use Microsoft Office 2016 Playlist Up and Running with Office 365 Use Google Apps 
Adobe Acrobat DC Training
Microsoft Visio Support

Related Services

Standard Software
Email Accounts
Calendar (Google Suite, Office365, Outlook)

Forms and/or Workflow (SharePoint Nintex)

Links List

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