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Upgrading Your Palm

Software that will do the job

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This story appears in the February 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

I've long grumbled about the necessity of taking a laptop with me on every excursion away from the home office. But there's always e-mail to check, online phone books to refer to, and faxes to send and receive. That's why, for me, the critical mission with my Palm was to transform it into a connected device. What software does the job?

  • Mobile WinFax ($44.99, http://www.symantec.com/mobile/winfax) An exceptionally useful tool, this software lets you send and receive faxes on your Palm, and the incoming and outgoing can also be easily synced to your desktop computer for archiving. Reading 8 1/2-by-11-inch faxes on a 4.1-inch screen isn't fun-it takes juggling-so receiving is something to do only when absolutely necessary. But sending is a snap-just write and connect, and the deed is done.
  • AOL Mail (free, AOL Keyword: PDA) For AOL users, e-mail couldn't be easier to send or receive with this program. A few hitches: This app delivers only e-mail connectivity (no Web browsing) and, for now, there's no way to sync mail sent or received on the Pilot with your desktop PC.

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