Technology news May 2008 | AccountingWEB

Technology news May 2008


IRS e-file program breaks records for 2008 filing season

The Internal Revenue Service's e-file program set another record in the just-finished 2008 filing season, while Web page visits to also reached new highs in part due to interest in economic stimulus payments. "The IRS has made great strides in harnessing the power of technology to do its work more efficiently," IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. "The growth in electronic services helped the IRS deliver a strong filing season for the nation's taxpayers in 2008.

Intuit prepares to launch its inaugural accounting professionals user conference

Intuit has unveiled the roster of experienced guest lecturers, well-known industry authors, and Intuit employees who will conduct sessions at the 2008 Accounting Professionals User Conference Series.

Excel goes pop: Guess the songs that appear in spreadsheet charts

Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet has provided a platform for the web's latest sensation - graphical charts that summarize the concepts set out in pop song lyrics.

SEC to require mandatory XBRL filing in 2009

Approximately 500 companies will be part of the first wave of companies required to submit their financial results electronically using XBRL, the eXtensible Business Reporting Language, if a staff recommendation set out by the U.S.

Excel charts tutorial: How to manipulate the pop charts

The tech team at our sister site,, put their heads together and came up with this response to the recent net phenomenon where abstract graphs and diagrams are used to illustrate pop lyrics such as "Never Gonna Give You Up." This tutorial applies some of the more obscure charting options to your data.Some challenges are hard to ignore.

It’s for real: Microsoft offers software at 91 percent discount

Listen up college students! Or the parents of college students! Or anyone who knows a college student! Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion, which AccountingWEB reported on last month, has been extended through May 16, giving eligible students a few more days to snap up Office Ultimate 2007 software at an unbelievable 91 percent discount – only $59.95 instead of the full retail cost of $679.

Lotus Symphony Office Suite available for free from IBM

Internet users may now access IBM's Lotus Symphony office suite for free from IBM's Web site. The program, which permits the user to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations from software stored on IBM's servers, is available for both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, with support for the Apple Mac OS platform planned for the future.

New tool available to edit Excel pivot tables

Excel4U.Net Solutions is offering a way to eliminate one of the frustrations of using Microsoft Excel—the inability to make changes directly in the data area of a pivot table.Pivot tables sort, count and total the data stored in one table or spreadsheet and create a second table showing the summary. They are often used to extract statistical information from raw data. The pivot table is linked to the source data and the cells of the table can be read, but not changed.Installing Pivot4U allows users to click on the "add-ins" table of Excel, then select Pivot4U.

LinkedIn for beginners

Thousands of entrepreneurs running small companies are using social networking Web site LinkedIn to make contacts. But can the service really benefit your business?

Tips for transferring large data files

Several members of our UK sister site,, have posted questions in the Q&A forum about data management and transferring large files.

IT Zone jargon watch - Top 10 management-speak crimes

Our UK sister site,, has published a list we know you will find entertaining and all too close to home.
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