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Microsoft Works Suite 2006 [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews) 7 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Microsoft Works 8 delivers the essential home productivity tools you need to make everyday tasks easier to start, do and finish
  • The full version of Word 2002 for word-processing and document creation for home, work or school
  • Money 2006 Standard lets you track all your financial information - spend less time worrying about your money and more time enjoying it
  • Digital Image Standard 2006, you'll get all the convenient tools you need to organize, enhance and share your digital photos
  • Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2006 provides you with the trusted, complete information resource that makes learning feel more like discovering

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000A76ZT8
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 9, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,130 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Works Suite 2006 compiles six easy-to-use tools into one great suite. It's got something for everyone - whether you need to create personal or professional documents, improve your business' productivity or alter your digital photos. All the tools you need to get out of life are collected here, in one convenient place. Streets & Trips Essentials 2006 has all the tools you need to customize road trips cross-town or cross-country


With something for everyone in your home, Microsoft Works Suite 2006 is the ideal combination of six great software titles in one affordable package. Microsoft Works Suite 2006 includes a full version of Microsoft Word 2002 along with easy-to-use tools for getting organized, tracking personal finances, planning trips, editing and sharing digital photos, and interactive learning. In addition to Word, Works Suite 2006 includes Works 8, Money 2006, Digital Image 2006, Encarta Encyclopedia 2006, and Streets and Trips Essentials 2006.

Get everything you need to get things done using your home PC in one package with Works Suite 2006.

Whether you're paying bills online or fixing the red-eye in your vacation pictures, you can easily find what you need to complete the task.

Manage your photos, plan a trip, or make cards. There's something for everyone.
Getting Things Done
Get everything you need to get things done using your home PC in one package with Works Suite 2006. Keep track of budgets, research school reports and write them up with automatic spelling and grammar checking. It's a snap to keep everyone in the family in step and informed of the others' activities with powerful organization tools. With Works Suite 2006 you can create professional-looking letters, resumes, and school assignments with Microsoft Word, the world's best-selling word-processing software. A versatile calendar and address book helps you manage your household schedule and contacts. With a Works spreadsheet, you can make calculations, create lists and manage inventories.

To help you stay on top of day-to-day finances, Money 2006 can consolidate all your personal account information in one place and even help you to pay bills online and update account balances. When you're ready to hit the road for a family vacation, Streets and Trips 2006 will give you all the tools you need to customize road trips cross-town or cross-country. Digital Image Standard 2006 provides your family with the easy-to-use tools you need to organize, enhance and share your digital photos. And with the best-selling multimedia encyclopedia Encarta, you will always have accurate, relevant and age-appropriate information at your fingertips.

Easy to Use
Microsoft knows that you have better things to do with your time than to learn how to use complicated and time-consuming applications. That's why the applications that are included with Works Suite 2006 have been designed to make your tasks not only easy to accomplish, but enjoyable as well. So whether you're paying bills online or fixing the red-eye in your vacation pictures, you can easily find what you need to complete the task. Everything you need is located in one place; even complex projects like organizing family get-togethers become fun to do and easily manageable.

Quickly find and launch programs and projects in one place with the Works Task Launcher, and get up and running quickly with the Works Quick Tour. Easy-to-use Works templates and projects help to take the stress out of managing anything from a weekend getaway to home improvements, while organizing and finding photos is quicker and easier with improved file management and viewing functionality.

You and your family will discover endless uses in the six great titles included in Microsoft Works Suite 2006. If you are planning a long road trip, exploring the possibilities of digital photography, or keeping track of your CD collection, you'll find something to make the project trouble-free. Everyone in the family will find something to love in Works Suite 2006.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better... October 27, 2005
By Captain
Microsoft Works Suite 2006 does not impress me very much. Microsoft has not evolved fast enough in my opinion when it comes to word processing and most programs associated with Microsoft Office and/or Microsoft Works. At around $99.00, the price is attractive, but you really get nothing more than in past editions of the same product. The features have stayed the same, the programs themselves have stayed the same for the most part, and easiness-to-use still could be worked on.

I truly believe that anyone who currently has at least Microsoft Office or Word 2000 edition, should keep using it and save some money. You get nothing more in the newer editions including this newly released 2006 edition.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great September 11, 2006
When I got a new computer at the end of 2001, the 2002 edition was installed on my computer by Gateway. Although I never used Streets and Trips (and barely used Encarta), I used Word and Picture It! quite heavily.

Well, my hard drive died a few weeks ago, and I had to get a new computer. I bought Microsoft Works Suite 2006 to go with it.

I was a bit apprehensive because Picture It! was replaced with Microsoft Digital Image Standard 2006 Editor. It took me a while to get fluent in Picture It!, and the idea of learning a new photo system was daunting. (I write mostly for the web, and use pictures to accompany my reviews and articles--as well as for eBooks.)

I haven't done any extensive work with it yet, but it appears easy to use IF you have experience with Picture It! If you've never used any image program before, it may be a bit confusing. (I feel that Picture It! was more self-explanatory.)

However, for all that the Works Suite gives you, I feel it's a good buy. Word 2002 has advantages over the older version (for example, you can easily insert images), and Encarta may be helpful for kids doing homework (or curious adults wanting to learn more about something).

Updating Encarta is easy as clicking a mouse: just open up the program and click "Update Encarta". New articles and updates will automatically be added to your computer.

Although I *still* don't use Streets and Trips (I go to MapQuest reflexively), I still think this is a great Suite for a great price.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't really work well with Excel March 14, 2006
I bought this so I'd be able to open Excel documents that I receive in email, as well as for Word. While I'm reasonably pleased with the Word functionality, potential buyers should know that the spreadsheet program is NOT Excel or even Excel lite, and is not fully compatible with .xls documents. I find this very irritating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly improved product May 5, 2008
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I bought this as an improvement over Microsoft (MS) Works Suite 2002. It works much much better and much more efficiently with a much improved and nearly seamless user interface. I am very glad that I found this great and useful bargain which includes MS Word, MS Money, MS Streets and Trips (travel planning), MS Encarta Encyclopedia, MS Digital Image (photo editing and organizing), as well as Microsoft Works itself with a calendar, to do interface, etc. I highly recommend it as a very useful organizational tool with many useful separate individual elements to boot.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Product Key doesn't work. March 12, 2007
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I had the same problem with Works Suite 2002 that I had with 2006. The product key that came with the discs would not install Microsoft Word; the message "invalid product key" came up. After a computer problem, I reformatted the drive and did a reinstall from the original Works 2002 discs. The invalid key message showed up when I tried to install Word 2002. After arguing with Microsoft people for three weeks I bought the new Works Suite 2006. After running all the discs to a clean hard drive, everything worked except,again,the invalid key message came up and wouldn't activate Word. Highly irritating. I got it going by to Microsoft Works, Programs, clicked Word Document, got an "activate product" and got Word installed and running. This seems to be a dumb glitch in the software.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for home use August 26, 2006
By Danlib
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I use MS Office at work, and at home, but for my daughter's computer this was perfect.

Most people don't need the full version of office, and this package has so much for so little money.

The full version of Word is reason enough to spend this amount of money. Note: This is not the latest version, but who cares.

I would say this is one of the best software deals out there. Unless you need 100% office compatiblity, this is the package for you. If you do, buy the student and teacher version of MS Office. Read the fine print, it is for anyone not using it for business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wicrosoft Works Suite 2006 November 4, 2006
I have been a Word Perfect user for years, but found I could not open files that were received from professional organizations and Attorneys. That was the reason for purchasing Microsoft Works. This has been a great asset for our business. Thank you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Word 2002 May 3, 2013
By Renter
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I got this suite because it includes Word 2002, which is my personal favorite version of that software and is still in general use. I've tried the freeware and shareware available and I like them, but to avoid copyright infringement those suites have small but noticeable formatting differences that don't work for me. To create documents with the formatting I want it's gotta be Word. You shall pry the pre-ribbon Word from my cold dead hands, Microsoft! *ahem* Anyway, I successfully installed the whole suite on a machine running Vista. Another reviewer is absolutely correct in that you want to get a suite that includes 5 disks in the box with the Product Key. Avoid getting OEM (if the seller is advertising one with a computer brand name on the box, that is probably an OEM and it won't work on any computer except the one it was sold for originally). In order to get the suite to run on my Vista, I first had to get rid of the expired trial version of Office that was lingering on the machine. The suite setup wizard will automatically detect whether or not you have Office already on the computer and refuse to install Word if it finds anything. After that, installation went fine. I then had to put XP Service Pack 3 on the machine, and it downloaded and installed with no problem. Sure it takes up some hard drive space, but I got rid of some space by removing Office so it evened out. You only have to enter the Product Key for activation of one program in the suite and it will be recognized by the other programs. The internet-based integration feature for Money is expired, but I didn't get the suite for that program so it's no inconvenience to me. I feel like I got a bargain for the version of Word that I prefer, and I am pleasantly surprised to also have a bug-free version of Works that exceeds the version that it replaced on this computer in both features and usability.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
Nothing I wanted would install on my Windows 8 version.

That's life. How good or bad it is I can't say because Windows refuses to install a MS program.
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