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Hot Disks 02/03

Getting organized, voice navigation and more

Power Project: Get organized without wasting time with Microsoft Project 2002. This project-management tool features new Wizards to help handle its myriad features, and it has tools to organize everything from e-mails to spreadsheets. But at $599 (all prices street), the standard version is a little pricey and may be too much for users unfamiliar with project managers.

e-Mail Ease: You don't have to outsource your e-mail needs, no matter how small your company. Ipswitch's IMail Server ( is available for companies with 25 or fewer users, and offers Web messaging, antispam and antivirus tools and remote administration capabilities. It works with Windows NT/2000/XP; pricing starts at $495.

Keep on Talking: IBM's ViaVoice for Windows (, available in version 10, allows you to navigate through your PC, dictate documents and e-mails, and surf the Web-hands-free. And the more ViaVoice becomes accustomed to your speech patterns, the better the results. The ViaVoice Pro USB edition retails for $189.95 and includes a stereo USB headset microphone.

Store Some More: Registered mail goes electronic with gProof ( It stores a time-stamped copy of your message on an off-site server, giving you proof the message was sent. You simply cc a gProof address when sending important messages. Pricing starts at $5.99 per month; storage charges are based on the size of the message. (Messages under 10KB cost 25 cents per year stored.)

Liane Cassavoy, a former technology reporter at, freelances from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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This article was originally published in the February 2003 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Hot Disks 02/03.

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