Small-Business Software

Office Suites

Microsoft Office 97 Small Business Edition for Windows 95/NT 3.51

Overview: This new integrated-productivity suite contains a number of programs used by the average small-business owner. Programs include Microsoft Word 97; Microsoft Excel 97; Microsoft Publisher 97, a desktop-publishing program; Outlook 97, a desktop-information manager, which tightly integrates e-mail, contact management and task lists, calendar, documents and files; Small Business Financial Manager 97; a journal feature which allows you to look back and see what you did on particular days; and the new Automap Streets Plus, which is a street-level mapping program. Added features include Internet tools, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, and free time on the Microsoft Network. The new Publisher 97 Web Site Wizard makes it easy to create eye-catching Web sites.

Minimum IBM-Compatible System Requirements: 8MB RAM for Windows 95; 16MB RAM for Windows NT; additional 8MB required for WordMail; more memory may be required to run multiple applications simultaneously.

Suggested Retail Price: $499 for new users; upgrade $249. Available on CD-ROM.

Corel Office Professional 7 for Windows 95

Overview: This office suite includes the word processing program Corel WordPerfect 7; the database program, Corel Quattro Pro 7; Corel Presentations 7; and Envoy 7, an electronic-document publisher. This is the first office suite that allows you to publish in the Java Language using Corel Barista technology, which enables you to publish all of your existing files, exactly as they appear, on the World Wide Web. The program provides full connectivity in all core applications. You can also ask questions in your own words with the Ask the Perfect Expert feature. Other added features include CorelDRAW, which allows you to create graphics, and CorelFLOW, which creates flowcharts as well as technical diagrams.

Minimum IBM-Compatible System Requirements: 8MB RAM, with 16MB RAM recommended; 53MB of hard-disk space required for installation; typical is 157MB; 9MB minimum required to install Paradox, a high-end relational database that is included with the suite. Double-speed CD-ROM drive. VGA Monitor.

Suggested Retail Price: $449 for new users; upgrade $229.

Julie Bawden Davis examined small-business credit cards in the January issue of Business Start-Ups.

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This article was originally published in the May 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Small-Business Software.

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