Small-Business Software

The Most Bang for Your Buck

What follows are descriptions of, according to Egghead Inc., some of the best-selling software programs on the market today, broken down into the categories of accounting, database, spreadsheet and word processing programs. If you find that you need more than one type of software, however, there's one more thing you need to know. Although most software programs can be purchased individually, they are also commonly sold as part of integrated packages called "bundles" or "suites." These packages typically combine accounting, database, spreadsheet and word processing programs into an all-in-one application. This means you can get four or more software programs in a bundle costing just slightly more than two software programs purchased individually. Today's most popular software bundles include Lotus SmartSuite, Microsoft Office and Corel WordPerfect Suite 7.

Note: Each of the following summaries refers to a specific software application for a specific operating system. DOS, Windows, Windows 95 and Macintosh versions of the same software titles offer different capabilities, options, system requirements and pricing; sometimes an application has no direct equivalent available for another operating system. Your local software store can provide more information on which applications are available for each operating system.

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