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ACT! by Sage 2009

Small businesses seeking robust, powerful and affordable CRM software will find that ACT! by Sage 2009 fits the bill perfectly.

April 9, 2009 by Christian Harris

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Ipswitch IMail Server Premium 10.02

If your company wants to run its email in-house and finds Microsoft's Exchange too unwieldy and too expensive, Ipswitch's IMail Server Premium is a bargain.

March 10, 2009 by Christian Harris

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Lotus Symphony 1.2

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.

February 9, 2009 by Alex Serpo

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Camtasia Studio 6

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.

February 2, 2009 by Christian Harris

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Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0

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.

December 5, 2008 by Alan Stevens

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XenServer 5

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.

November 18, 2008 by Alan Stevens

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VMware ESXi

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.

October 17, 2008 by Roger Howorth

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred

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.

August 26, 2008 by Sandra Vogel

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Hyper-V

Microsoft's Hyper-V is a solid virtualisation platform that's compatible with a wide range of modern server hardware.

August 18, 2008 by Roger Howorth

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Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring

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.

May 28, 2008 by Alan Stevens

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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

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.

April 25, 2008 by Rupert Goodwins

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Deploying Windows Vista: Hands On

This training course provides an engaging in-depth insight into the advantages, and pitfalls, of deploying Microsoft's latest operating system.

February 25, 2008 by Richard Thurston

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Exchange Server 2007 SP1

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.

January 10, 2008 by Alan Stevens

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