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How to Buy Small Business CRM Software

Small business CRM software can be the solid foundation supporting your daily operations or, if you choose incorrectly, pillars of sand. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.

Small Business Data Storage Strategies and Tips

Learn effective data storage strategies that will increase efficiency, save you money and improve your data security.

Netgear Looks to Rack Up Small Business Storage

The storage vendor also touts remote access that's drag-and-drop simple.

2009 Awards: Readers Pick the Best Small Business Tech Tools

Our roster of winners includes the best tools to help small business owners curb costs and improve efficiency. Whether you're looking for hardware, applications, security or e-commerce technology, the top vote-getters deliver the goods.

Symantec's Five Resolutions for Network Security in 2009

The security giant says small business owners will focus on five key areas to better manage IT information and infrastructure.

Top Five Tips to Improve E-mail Marketing Results

Want better return on your e-mail campaigns? Try these five tips to start the New Year right.

Meet the Finalists: Excellence in Technology Awards

Step right up and cast your ballot for the best that technology has to offer small business. Take your pick from twenty categories and more than 100 hardware and software products and services. You decide the winners.

Excellence in Technology Awards: Call for Nominations

Looking to increase efficiency and cut costs? Technology can help, and so can you. We're looking for the best hardware, software and services for small businesses. Nominate the products that help your business thrive.

2008 Awards: The Absolute Best in Small Business

Who do you turn to for business advice most often? No doubt it's other experienced small business owners. Well, your entrepreneurial compatriots made the call and picked the best software, hardware and services. Take a look at the results.

Last Call: Vote Today!

The polls close at midnight EST TONIGHT. Don't miss your final chance to cast your vote in the 2008 Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Awards.

Last Call for Nominations!

Don't miss out. Today's the last day you can nominate the hardware, software and services made the biggest impact on your company. Let us know which products you think deserve a shot at an Excellence in Technology Award.

Digital Persona Puts the Finger on Server Authentication

The company designed its latest fingerprint security product especially for companies that have less than 75 employees and run Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003 R2.

Plug a Hammer Into Your Network

Hammer Storage says its new MyShare network storage appliance is affordable, simple to use and lets you, among other things, share files between different platforms such as PC, Mac and Linux.

Microsoft's $100K Giveaway

To kick off its Small Business Summit, the software company plans to award a Total Technology Makeover to one small business. Can you afford to not take a shot at this opportunity?

Small Businesses Pick the Best Products of the Year

No one knows what works for your company better than you do. That's why we asked you to pick the best of the year. Your votes are in, and here's the list of products and services that you say deliver for small businesses.

Newsgator Offers RSS Management On Demand

Information is power, but managing all of it can be tricky in the Internet era. To help you stay on top on incoming info, the RSS company announced NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand and a partnership to tie RSS to Salesforce.com.

NetSuite Adds Employee Management to Service

The software-as-a-service vendor announces a new module designed to automate employee management by offering a self-service approach.

Voting Ends Today!

You have until midnight, Eastern Standard Time, tonight to cast a ballot for your favorite hardware, software and services. Let us know who deserves a Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Award.

Symantec's Next Generation Protection

The company's latest round of upgrades is designed to keep systems and networks secure and available.

Excellence in Technology Awards: Make Your Nominations

What products made the biggest impact on small businesses this year? It's time for you, the readers, to step forward and name names. Nominate the best new hardware, software and services you used this year.

Samsung in Triplicate

Do good things come in threes? Samsung thinks so and offers up troikas of LCDs and laser printers.

Small Businesses Pick the Products of the Year

The readers have spoken, we've crunched the numbers and the results are at hand. From hardware to software, from security to e-commerce — meet the best in small business technology.

Last Day: Vote for the Best of the Year

Which products made the biggest impact on small businesses this year? Cast your vote in the Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Awards.

Excellence in Technology Awards: Make Your Nominations

When it comes to hardware, software and services, the choices have never been more abundant, more difficult or more important. So in the spirit of helping other small businesses, nominate your favorite products in the 2006 Excellence in Technology Awards.

Meet the Best Small Business Products of the Year

Which products and services rose above the crowd in 2004? The readers of SmallBusinessComputing.com, ECommerce-Guide.com and Webopedia.com pick the best in 24 categories.

Time's Running Out � Vote Today

Only five more days to cast your vote for the best software and hardware products and services of the year — don't miss out!

Did You Know — How Web Search Engines Work

It might seem like magic, but there's a lot that goes on behind a simple Web search. Whether you're researching a business proposal or optimizing your e-commerce site, Web search engines get the job done. Here's how they work.

The Choice Is Yours � Vote for the Best of 2004

Technology alone won't make your business successful. However, the right hardware, software and services can sure make you more efficient and add a little more profit to your P&L. To recognize those products, we ask you to cast your vote for the best of 2004.

Do You Know — Cookies

Do Cookies Compromise Security?

Excellence in Technology Awards: Make Your Nominations

What hardware was hot, what software sizzled and which services reigned supreme? Break away from your balance sheet and nominate your favorites in the Small Business Computing 2005 Excellence in Technology Awards.

Rockliffe Adds E-mail Firewall Product to Suite

MailSite MP is designed to provide e-mail security, policy enforcement and archiving at the gateway. The new product is built to work with the company's existing e-mail server and span and virus filters offerings.

IBM Offers Express Lane to Network Management

Big Blue today announced four new Express Portfolio services designed to monitor and manage a mid-sized business' back-end infrastructure, promises improved network availability and resiliency.

Small Businesses 'Major Force' In U.S. Economy

The ITSPA says small businesses are an IT-hiring and technology-buying force to reckon with. A new report from the Yankee Group reveals that small- and medium-sized businesses make up 99.8 percent of all employer firms in the U.S.

Xerox Joins the Sub-$700 Color Laser Club

The market was stunned when color laser printers dropped below the $1K mark. Then prices dipped below $800. This week Xerox joins its rivals by offering a color laser printer for less than $700 — plus a monochrome unit for less than $300.

Risk of Unintentional Exposure

A recent study by WatchGuard Technologies indicates that accidentally opening unknown e-mail attachments presents high-risk security breaches for small businesses. Learn about the tactics many IT staffers use to foil outside attacks.

Healthy Competition

Who do small businesses compete with and how do they compete with rivals? In addition to better products and services, a recent NFIB study says some small businesses try to use new technologies to make their operations run more efficiently.

SMBs to SBA: 'Make Me a Match'

The SBA and HP announced limited dates and locations for the 2004 Business Matchmaking National Tour this week. Last year's programs resulted in millions of dollars in contracts for small businesses. Is your small business prepared to meet its match?

Small Businesses to 'Net' Greater Profits

What does using the Internet have in common with small business profitability and near-term expansion? eBay wanted to know, so it commissioned a study to determine how Internet usage impacts small-business growth plans for 2004.

Sharp Documents, Flexible Printing Solutions

Sharp introduces a pair of multifunction copiers made for small offices that can grow as imaging needs evolve. The two new additions to Sharp's IMAGER product line offer letter and legal size printing, as well as other advanced features.

The Price of a Phone Call

The cost burden of telecom services is much higher for very small businesses than for large businesses. A SBA study finds that smaller firms pay four times more per employee for local and long distance services than large businesses do.

GoldMine Gets Relative with QuickBooks

FrontRange Solutions, makers of GoldMine contact management systems, this week debuted GoldMine Plus Accounting for use with QuickBooks 2.0. Now small businesses can automatically integrate customer details with accounting info.

'Queer Eye' for the Workplace Gone Awry

Xerox wants to transform the nation's most obsolete small office into a model workplace. With a little help from one-fifth of the 'Fab Five,' your small office could be rehabilitated into the very model of modern-day efficiency.

Big Office Print Productivity for Small Businesses

Canon prepares to introduce two new copiers to the small business market, designed to maintain the company's solid leadership in the color imaging market space, as well as offer a cost-effective way to produce black-and-white and color documents.

HP Revamps Desktop PC Portfolio

With so many factors to consider, deciding which desktop PC to buy for your small business can be a real challenge. This week, HP unveiled its revamped commercial PC division in an effort to simplify the buying process for all businesses.

Siebel CRM Goes Pro

Siebel releases a new CRM application designed for small- to medium-sized businesses. The new program is a right-sized version of the company's MidMarket application designed for the financial, communication and life science industries.

Cut-Rate, High-Performance Portable PC

Toshiba introduces an affordable notebook PC for small- and medium-sized businesses. New Wireless Satellite A40-S270 is priced to fit most budgets and help small businesses work smarter, not harder.

Intel, SBC Form Small Biz Service Pact

What happens when a regional telecommunications company and leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications gear get together? SMBs in 13-states get a new way to procure high-capacity digital services.

ACCPAC CRM Online Gets a Major Makeover

The CA subsidiary releases a major upgrade to its customer relationship management online subscription services. ACCPACcrm.com now features single-click integration with Microsoft Outlook, a friendlier interface and more.

Toshiba Delivers Performance Packed Wireless Notebook

Loaded with wireless options and weighing just less than five pounds, Toshiba believes it has found the perfect balance between portability and performance in a notebook worthy of small business desktops everywhere.

Small Companies Need to Act on HIPAA Rules

The ITSPA is urging small businesses to 'get hip' about HIPAA medical privacy regulations that go into effect in April. Challenges remain for small businesses seeking to comply with the new rules.

Novell Small Business Suite 6.5 Set to Ship

Novell plans to make its Small Business Suite 6.5 more palatable by doubling the number of user licenses for the suite from 50 to 100. The move makes it easier and more affordable for small businesses and resellers to deploy Novell-based networks.

Call to Recoup Funds from Bogus Web Scam

A FTC hotline has been setup to assist small businesses in recovering funds from a Web 'cramming' scam. The SBA had warned small businesses about such deceptive practices, learn what to look for to see if you've been scammed.

Win a Date with Michael Dell

Okay — not really a date, it's a day with Michael Dell and a few other IT experts. But your small business could also win $20,000 worth of IT products and services from Dell, who will help you figure out how to put it all to work for your small business.

Siebel CRM OnDemand: The First Quarter Is On Us

Siebel Systems, a provider of customer relationship management software, and its business partner IBM, are offering the first 90 days of Siebel CRM OnDemand for free. Learn about the service and the terms of the deal.

Small Business News Briefs

Dell debuts a discount desktop for bargain hunting small businesses; WatchGuard's Firebox X foursome ignites a spark in security space, and ACCPAC's Simply Online Accounting gets a mid-winter makeover.

SBC, Yahoo! Expand Suite of SMB Services

SBC and Yahoo! team up again. Now, they're tackling Web hosting services for small businesses. The kicker is a small business that bundles voice and data services together may be eligible for deep discounts on services.

New SBA Rule Boon for Small IT VARs

A new rule is scheduled to take effect this month, one that promises to open up new opportunities to value added resellers. One trade group says small VARs will benefit from better access to federal contract opportunities.

Small Businesses 2004 Outlook Bubbly

Six key components of the NFIB's Small-Business Index effervesce with substantial upturns. Among them, spending plans for capital equipment and hiring plans. But the cost of insurance and taxes remain a lingering hangover.

Products of the Year: The Winners Are ...

What products and services had the greatest impact on small businesses in 2003? The readers of Small Business Computing.com, E-Commerce Guide, and Webopedia pick the best hardware, software and services.

SBA Reopens 7(a) Loan Program

Prodded by U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the U.S. Small Business Administration makes a temporary fiscal fix that keeps some money flowing to the popular 7(a) loan program.

Small Business News Briefs

TurboTax gets revved up and ready for the online tax preparation crush, Sir Speedy gets into hosting business document services, and Kurant embeds UPS shipping tools into its StoreSence e-business platform.

CES Roundup for Small Business

Nestled among show-stopping wristwatch communicators and MP3-playing clock radios at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week are a few new products designed for small businesses and home offices.

Small Business News Briefs

Microsoft moves quickly to quell problems with its Windows Small Business Server 2003 software, NaviSite banks on small businesses upping spending on Web hosting, and Nemx names five essential technologies to fight spam in 2004.

Ten Tech Tax Tips for SMBs

Small business owners are faced with increasingly complex tax issues. HP and H&R Block tax professionals offer these 10 tips to help you generate savings on your technology investments and minimize your tax burden.

Small Business News Briefs

ADP makes it easier for SMBs to share payroll data with accountants, vFinance and Office Depot create online funding depot, SBC Yahoo! DSL picks up a major endorsement, and analysts say SMBs will lead IT spending in 2004.

Review: Plantronics CS50 Wireless Headset System

Overall, the Plantronics CS50 Wireless Headset gets high marks for clarity and range. The phone system does what it claims — provides clear connections at great distances and works with most small-office phone systems.

Small Business News Briefs

ACCPAC's upgraded CRM applications get friendly with Outlook, Notes and DB2; IBM is at your disposal — in more ways than one; and Symantec says small businesses are ready to get radical with spam.

BizBest Names Top 100 Small Biz Resources

Entrepreneurs and small business owners need look no further for The 100 Best Resources for Small Businesses. BizBest Media has just released the 2004 edition of its paperback publication for small businesses.

Small Business News Briefs

The SBA continues its economic growth tour with stops in Oregon and Iowa, a leasing advocate reports that 65 percent of small businesses currently lease equipment, and WatchGuard boosts the security capabilities on its SOHO 6 lineup.

Intuit Updates QuickBooks for Mac

The latest version of Intuit's small business accounting packages for Macintosh computers provides data bridges to Windows and Excel. Customers demanded the new Windows-to-Mac-and-back reporting flexibility and Intuit delivered the goods.

Small Business News Briefs

BellSouth and Nortel Networks grow their voice relationship, Panda Softwares goes platinum with a suite of anti-virus systems, and broadband service providers are battling for every buck in the SME market.

WatchGuard on Setting a Security Policy

When it comes to preparing and enforcing a network security policy, small businesses are not that different from larger organizations because few have dedicated security specialists on staff. This is where outsourcing Internet security plays a key role in protecting your business assets.

Small Biz Winners Growing with Technology

A distinguished group of small- and medium-sized business owners are honored for their innovative use of networking technology as Cisco Systems announces the winners of its 'Growing with Technology Awards' for 2003.

Small Biz Server Systems for Under $1K

Buying a server system can be a bit intimidating, especially for smaller businesses. But implementing a server-based business network isn't as difficult or as expensive as once thought. We shopped the Web to find where the best deals are for Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003.

Small Business News Briefs

Novell improves NetWare 6.5 licensing deal, Toshiba debuts Satellite notebook PC duo, 1&1 Internet opens up U.S. operations with a compelling freebie, and Canon introduces a pair of new multi-function imaging devices built for small offices.

SBA, HP Start 11-City Small Biz Tour

The regional events are designed to help entrepreneurs and small-businesses network with local bankers, venture capitalists, resource and trade partners, as well as local SBA staff. The first event was held yesterday in Bangor, Maine.

Small Business IT Spending Trends

Despite a weak U.S. economy, small businesses have hired new employees, opened new facilities and increased spending on IT products and services over the past 12 months. AMI-Partners reports its latest findings on the U.S. small-business market.

To Web, or Not to Web?

Small businesses already on the Web find it is an effective business tool. A new study from Interland reveals that 78% of small businesses say they benefit from having a website. Still, 70% percent of all small businesses remain wary of the Web.

A Really Candid Camera

What do you get when you cross a digital camera with network connectivity? You get an AXIS IP network camera that allows a real-time view of your small business or home office over nearly any Web browser.

Small Business News Briefs

Gateway offers zero-percent leasing on key business product lines through the end of 2003, NETGEAR debuts an all-in-one wireless networking system, and Interland is now hosting .NET applications as part of its blueHALO service.

Microsoft Readies Small Business Server 2003

Designed as an integrated package that enables small businesses to find, share and access information more easily, Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 gets ready to hit the street early in October.

Lots and Lots of Wholesale Lots at eBay

If your small business needs a little help stocking its brick and mortar store or click and order e-commerce inventory for the upcoming holiday season, you should know that there are more than 46,000 wholesale lot listings on eBay at any given time.

Small Business News Briefs

Intuit takes a strategic step forward in its merchant account business, the latest edition of Eurdora ups the ante on spam-busting, and Nextel teams up with @Road to make managing a mobile workforce easier.

Business Plan Pro 2004 Unleashed

Palo Alto Software releases Business Plan Pro 2004, adding greater flexibility to text editing and the ability to import or export data from Microsoft Word makes creating customized business plans easier than ever.

What Could You Buy With $25K from eBay?

More and more small businesses are becoming aware of what eBay has to offer when it comes to general office supplies, computer hardware and office equipment. eBay wants to build on this awareness, making certain small businesses understand the value proposition of 'doing it eBay.'

Intuit Looks to Help You Keep Your Customers Satisfied

QuickBooks Customer Manager is designed to collect customer information from a variety of sources and present in a single dashboard, so when a client is on the phone of all the pertinent data is right in front of you.

Iomega Unveils Network-Attached Storage Bundles

Data-storage company Iomega addresses the backup and storage needs of small to mid-size businesses with a trio of new network-attached storage systems. Timing couldn't be better since recent events have reiterated the need for small businesses to implement some type of data backup system.

ACCPAC Updates Multiple Accounting Modules

Offering a sweeping series of security updates and product enhancements, ACCPAC accounting modules now provide even greater control over the entire accounting process for small- and mid-sized businesses.

Network Associates Debuts Netasyst for SMBs

Netasyst Network Analyzer from Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates, helps small businesses optimize and secure wired and wireless local area networks.

Most Businesses Unprepared for Blackout

When it comes to dealing with calamities, small businesses are a lot like big businesses in that few of them were prepared to keep their IT services up and running when last week's blackout hit eight states in the U.S. and parts of Canada.

Network Security for Mid-Size Businesses

Check Point Software Technologies debuts Check Point Express, a comprehensive VPN/security solution especially designed to meet the unique Internet security needs of mid-sized businesses.

Book Review: PC Hardware in a Nutshell

Even the smallest business needs someone to stay on top of PC hardware, but keeping up with the latest specifications means you'd have to review a lot of different technologies. The just released third edition of PC Hardware in a Nutshell provides you with all the details you need to know in one practical resource.

Remote Access Resolves SMB Computing Concerns

Raritan Computer debuts new products designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses that have little or no in-house IT support, but have an array of communications equipment to manage and maintain.

Small Business News Briefs

Paychex and ACCPAC team up to beef up Small Business Accounting 2003 payroll options, interMute transforms its ad-blocking software into a worm-killing solution, and McLeodUSA debuts a high-speed Internet access program that includes voice services for small businesses.

More GbE Switches for SMBs

The flood of SOHO/SMB-targeted Gigabit Ethernet switch introductions continues with a 10-port GbE switch from Marvell that the company touts as the industry's first with enterprise features for managing SMB/SOHO networks.

IBM Delivers Messaging for Medium-Sized Businesses

IBM today announced the immediate availability of two new messaging and collaboration software products designed, packaged and priced specifically to fit the needs of mid-sized businesses.

Cybernet Launches Linux-based E-Commerce Suite

NetMAX Professional E-Commerce Suite and E-Commerce Powerpack are designed to let small and mid-size businesses add online capabilities.

Intuit Study Says Small Businesses Optimistic

Accountants and small business owners both see an improving future ahead for their industries and individual businesses, despite tumultuous economic conditions. Two-thirds of both those surveyed said they remain optimistic about their prospects for future growth and success.

Small Business News Briefs

Microsoft Business Solutions releases enhancements to its retail management software, an Arizona-based IT consultancy offers a Linux-based server priced to please small-office and home-office networks, and Dell delivers a small-business-friendly PC for under $450.

ITSPA Offers Fast Fixes to Reduce Spam

Fighting spam is an aggravating priority for America's eight million small- to medium-sized businesses, according to the ITSPA, a national non-profit group established to help smaller businesses understand how local technology providers can help them grow.

Avaya, HP Form IP Joint Venture

Two major voice and data solutions manufacturers team up to deliver cost-conscious IP telephony solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. Analysts believe the union will get smaller businesses seeking cost-effective communications solutions to consider IP telephony.

New Small Biz Server from Dell

Dell offers a new single-processor PowerEdge server for small- and medium-sized businesses seeking solid computing performance and a great value. Priced less than $500, at the very least, it's a good reason to replace an aging desktop with a real file/print server.

Yahoo Unleashes Small Business Site Builder

In an effort to expand its online services for small- and mid-sized businesses, Yahoo introduces a new website building tool that's free of charge for webhosting customers.

Small Businesses News Briefs

National survey reveals that half of U.S. small businesses say software is still difficult to use, another study says small businesses see open-source solutions as viable alternatives to Microsoft products, and Best Software touts a pair of mid-market awards.

SBA's Matchmaking Program Heads South

Small businesses throughout the South are extended the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government agencies and large corporations to obtain near-term contract opportunities for their products and services.

Small-Business Optimism Hits Highest Mark of 2003

Small-business owners express strong optimism that the economy will improve, their own sales will improve, and that now is a good time to expand. But plans to increase employment, capital spending, and inventories were lukewarm at best.

Will SMBs be Smitten with TRITTON?

TRITTON introduces the first of its all-in-one network appliances and network attached storage servers designed for implementation in small businesses and small offices that don't have full-time IT managers.

APC's New Back-Up Power Systems

'Always-on' connections aren't really always on if your power supply is cut. Now is a great time to evaluate your back-up power plan before you experience an outage due to summertime storms or brownouts.

SBC Deepens Discounts for SMBs

The southern 'Baby Bell' offers deeper discounts on bundled wired and wireless services to small businesses seeking to find a sense of cost certainty in this challenging economy.

NYC CLEC Extends Small Biz Services

Con Edison Communications is extending its small business offerings in New York City to include integrated Internet and voice services. Could the offspring of the regional power company deliver powerful calling options to your small business?

D-Link Delivers More Wireless Goodies

The wireless equipment maker debuts a wire-free print server perfect for connecting PCs and notebooks in a small office setting and releases a universal serial bus adapter that works with both Mac- and Windows-based PCs.

HP Microtower Micropriced

HP delivers an affordable microtower PC perfect for small- and medium-sized businesses. The HP Compaq Business Desktop d220 Microtower is a powerful PC with pricing that is sure to please even the most discerning small business operator.

Small Business News Briefs

Intuit introduces a new tool to help manage human resources for small- and mid-sized businesses, ACCPAC offers a way for employees to manage certain HR data, and Kurant provides an e-commerce starter kit for small businesses that want to dabble in online sales.

eBay, SBA Team Up

The World's online marketplace and the U.S. Small Business Administration are joining forces to provide e-commerce solutions for small businesses. Meanwhile, eBay shores up its buyer and seller protection programs.

Color Works for Small Businesses

A new study from International Communications Research and Xerox indicates that color printing and copying technologies play a big role in customers' first impressions about your small business.

BellSouth Offers Wireless SOHO Networking

New services from the southern 'Baby Bell' allows home offices and even small offices an easy way to create wireless networks when connected to BellSouth's digital subscriber line services.

Small Business Hardware Highlights

HP's new widescreen notebooks live by the credo 'you can never be too thin or stylish,' Canon offers a petite, full-featured color scanner for under $100, and Liebert debuts its PowerSure PST desktop power protection duo.

SBA Revamps Online Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration has revamped its website to better serve America's 23 million small business owners, and would-be small business owners as well.

Small Business Banking on the Net

NetBank offers small business an alternative to local banks. The online banking pioneer now offers personalized services to small businesses through its new banking platform on the Web.

J.D. Edwards, IBM to Deliver Integrated Solutions

The joint offerings from the Global Business Value Team are designed to lower computing costs for small business customers through industry-specific solutions. The solutions are rooted in J.D. Edwards 5 ERP programs and IBM's e-business on demand stretegy.

Small Businesses 'Connect' with Microsoft

If your small business currently uses or plans on using Microsoft technologies to run day-to-day operations, you might want to take advantage of leveraging the software giant's computing expertise personally and attend one of its 2,500 free seminars.

Intuit Boosts Payroll and HR Offerings

Intuit has expanded its payroll and human resource offerings to include electronic filing and payment options, and integrated its Do-it-Yourself Payroll service with QuickBook's online edition. All three new programs simplify payroll and human resource management for small- and mid-sized businesses.

HP Debuts Powerhouse PC

HP provides small businesses with the flexibility to select the right set of features for the right price by offering economical pre-configured or customized models of the HP Business Desktop d325.

Microsoft Drops Office Pricing; Boosts Licensing Program

Microsoft is dropping the prices for its Office XP suite of business software and other individual programs by about 15 percent. The company also said it will provide free technical support to businesses that receive software upgrades under the company's controversial Software Assurance licensing program.

Gateway Puts a New Spin on PC Recycling

Gateway launched a new program this week designed to help businesses get credit for getting rid of their old PCs in an eco-friendly way. Learn if your small business could benefit from going green with Gateway.

Small Business Optimism Sees Record Jump

In the biggest single-month increase in the history of the survey, the NFIB Research Foundation's Index of Small Business Optimism jumped an unprecedented 5.3 points in April. — the increase is bigger than the rebound after the first Gulf War.

HP Goes Wide with Presario Notebook Lineup

HP introduced the Compaq Presario Widescreen Notebook X1000 PC series this week featuring a high-resolution 15.4-inch widescreen display. The expanded display area allows users to see more, do more and carry less.

Norton Internet Security for Mac's

Enhanced parental control functions, a personal firewall and the ability to scan and disinfect Mac- or PC-spawn viruses make Symantec's Norton Internet Security 3.0 for Macintosh a sure-fired hit with Apple users.

Small Business News Briefs

Watchfire launches a free online testing service to show you what's right or wrong with your site, Kurant delivers StoreSense to Canada, and mobile e-mail — is it a necessity or luxury for small businesses?

Dell: On The Road Again

It's big, it's blue, and odds are good that the 2003 Dell Total Business Tour is coming to a city near you. Learn what the tour has in store for small- and medium-sized businesses across the U.S.

New Wireless Goods for Small Businesses

A host of new products promising to connect, secure and manage wireless networks made their debuts this week at the NetWorld+Interop 2003 show in Las Vegas. We take a look at a pair of products specifically designed for small businesses from NETGEAR and Proxim.

EmergeCore Introduces All-in-One Network Device

In a move to bring a low-cost integrated IT solution to small business, EmergeCore Networks debuted its new IT-100, dubbed 'IT in a Box,' at the N+I show in Las Vegas this week.

Brother Introduces a Trio of Multi-Function Print Products

The new line up of Brother multi-function flatbed laser products are versatile enough to work as a heavy-duty power printer for a single user or for multiple users in a small office workgroup setting.

Canon's New SOHO MultiPASS Print Systems

Canon's new MultiPASS MP700 and MP730 have been enhanced to offer faster print and copying speeds, better photo quality printing, higher resolution scanning, and more.

Small Business News Briefs

This week IBM and BellSouth struck a deal to market small business data services, VeriSign and Easily.co.uk do the same to serve U.S. bound small businesses, and learn why e-filing your business taxes could be a little less stressful this year.

Small Business News Briefs

Covad slashes prices on select bundled services, Ceridian delivers select HR services to small businesses over the Web, and IMB voluntarily recalls 56,000 computer monitors for repair.

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