Desktop tools are those software programs operating from your computer or laptop instead of web-based. These include browsers and email programs, address books and calendar, word processing and spreadsheets, photographs and graphic arts, visual presentation, web development and text-only editors, FTP, audio recording and news readers. Many of these can be used in conjunction with web-based software.
Working from a great browser compatible with emerging web 2.0 standards is essential from an integration standpoint. We recommend Flock, Firefox and Opera as web browsers and migrating away from Internet Explorer as a browser and Outlook Express for email. Thunderbird and our own web-based email are excellent for enterprise level operations for spam-free email. Some of the following are free downloads, but many must be purchased. Here's a few Essential™ Desktop Tools we recommend.
Working in a V-Card format for managing contact information is the emerging trend and may become an industry standard. This is a complex integration issue moving contact information from one database to another via .csv, .txt or .tab as there's often "drop-out" of data fields.
Traditional voice communications via telephone is still a business essential though there are now options for voice using Internet Protocol (IP) phones instead of the traditional dial-ups. Look for a local phone company that offers IP Phones for your residence or business. Usually these are integrated and bundled with your Internet service.
Our Essential™ tools includes professional integration and application of any or all of the following for your business or organization.
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