Remote Possibilities

Hot Disks

New and Notable Software

Internet Explorer for Macintosh: Macintosh users, take note: Microsoft has created a Macintosh version of its popular Web browser software, Internet Explorer. The program is already in its fourth version on the PC and will enter the Macintosh market as Explorer 4.0. Explorer for the Macintosh will include many of the same features available on the PC version of this program, including support for JavaScript and Microsoft's "push" technology. To download a free trial version, go to http://www.microsoft.com/ie

ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh: In other good news for Macintosh users, Symantec recently announced an upgrade to its ACT! for Macintosh. The new version of this contact management software offers direct links to Microsoft Word, making it easy to integrate this popular word processor into daily contact management functions, such as letter, fax and proposal writing. ACT! also incorporates Internet capabilities, giving users direct links to pertinent Web sites, such as weather information, maps and Yellow Pages data. In addition, ACT! includes direct e-mail integration with Qualcomm's Eudora e-mail software. Users can send a single e-mail message or broadcast an e-mail message to an entire database using the Eudora program. ACT! 2.8 for Macintosh supports most popular browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. ACT! for Macintosh costs about $170 off the shelf or $70 as an upgrade. Call (800) 441-7234 or visit http://www.symantec.com

Pocket Four11: Four11 has become the de facto Web site for finding individuals on the Web. Whether you're looking for an e-mail address or a phone number, Four11 is a good place to start. Now, Four11 is bringing Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange users added value by giving away Pocket Four11. The program creates a direct link to Four11's extensive e-mail directory from the toolbar of Outlook's e-mail box. In Exchange, Pocket Four11 creates a link from the "Tools" menu. This means you can just click on the Four11 button to call up a search form, enter the name and location of the person you're looking for, and click "Search Four11." You'll get the same information you would if you visited the Four11 Web site, but it's located directly in your e-mail program. Then you can add the contact to your address book or insert an e-mail address directly into an e-mail message. Visit http://www.four11.com or call (415) 617-2000 for more information.

Cassandra Cavanah is a contributing editor of Portable Computing Direct Shopper magazine and has reported on the computer industry for eight years.

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Remote Possibilities.

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