Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program that allows users to create professional-quality publications, according to Microsoft. The program offers many options for design and fonts, and it can be used to create magazines, newsletters, pamphlets and more.
Publisher lets users import pictures and text and arrange them for publication. The program's interface offers numerous effects and options for both images and text, including reflections and softer shadows. Microsoft Publisher is offered as a simpler, entry-level alternative to more expensive products, such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. Although it offers fewer features than these higher-end programs, Publisher is more user-friendly and generally appeals to home users and small businesses that lack dedicated graphic designers.