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Microsoft Small Business Tools

Craig Parker Apprentice
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I've avoided them like the plague for years, but I'm sure some folks here are regular users.  What's out there now from Microsoft?  I know about Windows and Office (including Outlook).  What else is there, made by Microsoft, that small business owners use?  What's the small business server do, other than serve out shares and Exchange?

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    Craig Parker Apprentice
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    Nothing?

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      MgmtConsultant Newbie
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      Are you specifically asking about the Small Business Server, or general tools?

       

      Windows Live and Office Live offer cloud based email, document management, excel, powerpoint etc, without having to buy their software. Ofcourse, this is limited feature software for the free version, and if you want to add features, you have to upgrade. Office 365 is the latest incarnation of the clould based solutions.

       

      The, ofcourse, there are the tools like Dynamics suite of products (CRM & AX) for enterprise class application software to run your CRM & ERP software, if you have the need for something like this. Although, I wouldnt call use of AX as software for "small" business.

       

      Then, ofcourse, there are other software products like Sharepoint, Exchange Server, SQL Server etc if you have the need for such products.

       

      HTH,

      GB

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    KittyFlexer Novice
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    Hi. I'm not sure what Microsoft has nowadays but there's this helpful podcast I've listened to about Google's alternatives to Microsoft. Here's the podcast - hope this helps: http://smallbusinessbigmarketing.com/how-to-use-google-apps/

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      Craig Parker Apprentice
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      Thanks for replying.  I think this was the post I was trying to answer the other day when my account went wonky.

       

      The only thing that makes me nervous about google apps (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that you can't open them up locally.  There's not, for instance, a word processor app residing on your computer that you can open up a file with (that's also residing locally) and edit.  I'd be scared, especially up here in "Dropped Call / Spotty Internet" rural Maine that I couldn't get at my stuff when I needed to.

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      ozkary Novice
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      Microsoft has created many initiatives to assist small businesses. I think the cloud strategy provides many of the Office tools that would usually cost hundreds for small price. Google apps also provides great tools. I think both will have many years of competition, and there is space for both.

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    pennytimeglobal Newbie
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    Small Business Customer Manager integrates accounting information and customer contacts to create a centralized database that allows a small business to share and track customer information and utilize Office 2000 applications to analyze and act on that data. Small Business Customer Manager works with more than 50 accounting applications from leading providers worldwide, including Peachtree Software Inc.,

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    esprintguy Novice
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    Google+ won't work for all types of businesses. You still have to check whether or not your target market is actively participating in the social network.

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