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In recent years, we’ve gotten to a point where our day-to-day business operations would be a mess without technology. We’d be lost without smartphones, constant email access, and Microsoft Office. Most of our daily tasks are completed with pieces of software on PC’s and laptops. We’ve got to a point where we are so reliant on them; we couldn’t actually operate without them! If you’ve just started a new business, or you need a technological refresher, here are five types of software packages to consider.


I don’t know of any businesses that don’t use accounting software to manage those all-important finances. The most popular piece of software used for this task is SAGE. Most businesses use it as a means of managing their accounts, although there are plenty of alternatives on the market as well. Don’t be scared to spend big money on important software like this; it’s crucial to the well-being of your business.


You need a good backup procedure in place to ensure those all-important files don’t get erased accidentally. While you don’t necessarily need software to get this done, it can make the job so much easier. You’ll find automated services that will ensure your files are backed up on a daily basis. You don’t have to do anything, so the risk of losing those files should never become an issue.

Office Suite

We’ve already mentioned about Microsoft Office, and the truth is; you’ll struggle to find a business that doesn’t use it in some form. Still, there are alternatives out there if you aren’t so keen on lining Microsoft’s pockets. The most popular alternative office suite is OpenOffice, which is entirely free and sports many of the same features. It isn’t identical, though, so you might find that documents don’t look quite the same when opened with Microsoft’s suite.


Any company that is involved in sales will need software to ensure those sales go smoothly. This is an area where custom software is often built for the needs of the company. Software escrow is important to consider when it comes to custom software of any kind. You need to ensure that your company will continue to operate effectively even if something goes wrong with that software. You don’t want to be in a position where you can’t process any sales because the software company has gone out of business and shut everything down.


In order to protect all that valuable confidential data, you need to make sure you’ve got adequate security in place. Software packages like AVG and Avast offer free ways to keep your devices secure. When it comes to business, however, you’re ideally going to want to invest in paid security software. Some of the added extras are just novelty features, but you’ll also get increased protection, which is always worth it. The last thing you want is to deal with viruses and corrupted data.

There are more types of software that can benefit your company. All you need to do is look around, and you’ll find something that can help your business to thrive.

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Microsoft has announced is offering the public a free trial of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system from today.

Windows 8 will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops – and is a sea-change for Windows that is seen as a make-or-break opportunity for Microsoft.

Tablets and cloud computing have made Bill Gates’ vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home” seem quaint – Windows 8 aims to adapt the iconic operating system for life in the mobile world of tablets.

Windows 8 will come in two variations, one that works on desktops and laptops, and a new version for the ARM microprocessors in tablets, smartphones and other portable devices.

There is no set release date, but it’s widely expected to be available in autumn – offering Microsoft Office free on tablets, which could be a “killer app” that puts Windows 8 machines ahead of Apple devices.

In both versions, Windows 8 features a completely new interface, borrowed from what Microsoft calls the “Metro” style of the current Windows Phone software.

Download Windows 8 free trial version from here.

Early reactions have been highly positive.

Windows 8 will come in two variations, one that works on desktops and laptops, and a new version for the ARM microprocessors in tablets, smartphones and other portable devices

Windows 8 will come in two variations, one that works on desktops and laptops, and a new version for the ARM microprocessors in tablets, smartphones and other portable devices

Microsoft is also opening an Internet “Windows Store” where users can download applications for the operating system.

Applications are free for those testing out the beta version, but would include both free and paid versions after the operating system is released.

The test version was downloaded by people from more than 70 countries as Microsoft gave its presentation about Windows 8, but the company didn’t immediately disclose the number of downloads.

Windows 8 Features

Touchscreen compatible – the new OS will work with tablets and portable devices. There will also be a version for PC’s.

Fewer windows – instead of “stacks” of windows, as in previous versions, the OS is built around clean ’tiles’ that deliver information to the home screen.

Free versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint – Windows 8 will offer Office free to tablet users.

Business-friendly tablets – Windows 8 will work smoothly with Microsoft Exchange email systems, so could be highly popular with business.

Apps shared with phones – apps in Windows 8 will be built to work smoothly with phones (such as Nokia’s) running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS.

Easier passwords – users will be able to unlock PCs with a PIN, or by circling details in a picture.

No Start button – instead, users will access a menu from a “hot corner” in the bottom left of the screen.