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Software Savings Thinking of buying? Think again!

By Bronwyn Fryer

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Every time you turn around, it seems the software that costs youa fortune is being outmoded by some new whiz-bang version or acompetitive package that seems much better. Finally, there's analternative to this nightmare: a software rental service fromInterliant Inc., a Houston company that offers a service calledAppsOnline (

Instead of paying $40 a pop for a software package, you can rentit for $10. The software runs on Interliant's server, and usersplug into it via their modems.

If you're collaborating with people in other locations,renting makes a lot more sense than asking everyone to buy andinstall individual software packages on their PCs. The idea works,too, if you need software you won't be using often-say,programs that helps you design a Web site, manage Y2K risk or doyour taxes. It's also a great try-before-you-buy idea. Go forit.

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