Think small-business consultant-in-a-box. Turn here for a suite of software that integrates seamlessly with your contact data in Microsoft Outlook and helps manage and develop customer relationships. Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business packs plenty of power. In addition to Microsoft Word 2000, Excel 2000 and Publisher 2000, you'll also want to take advantage of the included Business Planner module, which offers a number of friendly templates you can use to easily produce business and marketing plans. Other cool features: Direct Mail Manger, for cost-effective direct-mail campaigns, and Small Business Financial Manager, a powerful business analysis module that can handle a plethora of "what-if" small-business scenarios.
Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business
Street price: $430
Requires: Windows 95/98, 20MB RAM, 360MB hard-drive space
J.W. Dysart (email@example.com), a software analyst and Internet business consultant, has written for more than 40 publications, including The New York Times.