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Although the interface of IBM's free office suite is attractive, its hunger for system resources and lack of features and OOXML support mean that OpenOffice.org 3 is a better free alternative.
TechSmith's Camtasia Studio is an outstandingly easy-to-use program for creating HD-quality training, teaching and marketing videos for the web and mobile devices.
Despite taking a completely different approach to virtualisation, Virtuozzo Containers can match the best hypervisors on performance while at the same time making virtual workloads quick and easy to deploy and manage.
Early releases of the Xen hypervisor showed promise but had lots of rough edges. Citrix's XenServer 5, however, is very much a production-class virtualisation solution with features that match, and in some cases exceed, what's available on rival platforms.
ESXi is the easiest hypervisor to install and use. It's based on VMware's ESX Server code, making it among the most stable and mature virtualisation options available. It also uses very little RAM and disk space, leaving more server resources free for your virtual machines.
Capable of fast and accurate speech-to-text processing, application control and audio file transcription, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 is an excellent dictation program. You'll still have to spend time training both the software and yourself, though.
Microsoft's Hyper-V is a solid virtualisation platform that's compatible with a wide range of modern server hardware.
The latest version of Mandriva is a competent and well-implemented desktop release with lots to commend it to those with some Linux know-how.
Hardy Heron is an incremental set of advances on earlier versions, but all the advances are in the right direction. Unfortunately, a known and unfixed bug means we can't currently recommend it for enterprise use.
This training course provides an engaging in-depth insight into the advantages, and pitfalls, of deploying Microsoft's latest operating system.
Very easy to configure and manage, the 3CX Phone System for Windows scores well on functionality and is compatible with most SIP handsets, gateways and services. Scalability could be an issue for larger organisations, though.
Service Pack 1 (SP1) reinstates a lot of the functionality that Microsoft left out in order to get Exchange Server 2007 out of the door last year.
Hosted CMS and blog solutions litter the market, yet none offer Terapad's combination of simplicity and functionality.
With each release, GIMP becomes a viable tool for a wider range of users, and version 2.4 is no exception. If you’ve discounted this free open source image editor before, it’s time to look again.
LogMeIn Pro is a joy to use. It makes remote control simple, robust and intuitive, and everything just works.