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Microsoft's Confusing New Licensing Structure

by Gary Boomer, CPA, and Eric D. McMillen, MCSE, CCA, of Boomer ConsultingMany of you have heard that our favorite software company located in Redmond, Washington is introducing a new licensing plan and that it will affect your firm. But how many of you have any idea how it will affect you? I want to clarify how your firm will be impacted by the new licensing plan and what you need to do to prepare for it. Currently, Microsoft has three volume licensing plans for software.
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Should Firms Monitor Internet and E-mail Activity?

Despite the inherent privacy invasion, companies are now and will continue to monitor the Internet use of their employees. However, should all employees live in a Big Brother environment simply because one or two are likely to break the rules?A study just released by the Privacy Foundation, reports that 35 percent of U.S. companies engage in continuous monitoring of the electronic activities of their employees.
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2001 Budgeting & Planning Software Guide

If you are looking for the latest trends and providers in the Budgeting and Planning software area, then the following articles may be a good start. Will Better Budget Software Give You Job Security? - Budget and planning software has been a relative latecomer to the Web revolution. Too late for this recession, but maybe just in time for the next one.
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Lotus iNotes Provides Web Access

IBM's Lotus Development has announced availability of its new iNotes Web Access software.The program offers corporate Notes users access to personal and company information, including calendar, e-mail, and address book functions.
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Worldwide Spread of Viruses Boosts E-Security

E-security rose to the top of the business agenda last year because of cybercrime that shut down popular web sites and spread viruses worldwide. And there are plenty reasons to beware. Recently, for example, morbid surfers who thought they were downloading a pirated copy of the execution of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh were tricked into installing a computer virus. Grisly hoaxWithin hours of the death of Timothy McVeigh by lethal injection, files pretending to be video clips of the execution at the Indiana prison were circulating in chat rooms.
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AccountingWEB Software Resource Center

AccountingWEB Software Resource CenterAccountingWEB boasts an excellent collection of software resources relating to the accounting profession.
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Research Reveals Holiday E-Mail Addicts

A Gartner survey shows that 42 percent of users check their business e-mail while on vacation, 23 percent check e-mail on the weekends.On weekdays, 53 percent of business users check e-mail six or more times a day, while 34 percent of users check e-mail constantly throughout the day. On average, business users spend 49 minutes per day managing e-mail accounts.
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Microsoft Extends Office XP License Upgrade Deadline

Microsoft announced it has changed its Office XP licensing plan, giving business users additional time to upgrade their licensing agreements.The extension date according to Microsoft is now, February 28, 2002. Customers with current licenses such as Windows 2000 Professional, Office XP, Windows 2000 server and the .Net enterprise servers now have until February 28, 2002 to sign up for Microsoft's Software Assurance program.
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Find the Right Accounting Software for Your Client

Selecting the right accounting system for your business is a time-consuming and nerve-racking task. The company, "FindAccountingSoftware.com," can assist you and your clients sift through the information provided by various accounting software vendors. FindAccountingSoftware.com has cataloged, categorized, and classified hundreds of applications and thousands of consultants in your area with one goal in mind...
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Oracle and NetLedger Declare War on Microsoft

Oracle Corp., the second largest software company behind Microsoft, has announced a partnership with NetLedger, the online source for financial, marketing, and customer applications software.Oracle plans to package the NetLedger products with products of its own in the Oracle E-Business Suite for Small Business, and the company will compete head-on with Microsoft's bCentral.com.Microsoft positioned itself to s
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Basic Computer Maintenance Tips

Computers have a way of causing frustration previously unknown in the workplace. Little machines that are supposed to make our lives easier frequently end up making projects more complicated and time-consuming than if we had done them with simple tools like typewriters, ledger paper, and calculators. From time to time, your computer sends undecipherable messages, produces results exactly the opposite of what you were expecting, or just locks up altogether.
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PC World Announces 2001 World Class Accounting Awards

The July Issue of PC World includes its annual World Class Awards for 58 computer-related products, including a variety of computer hardware, software, and Internet features.In the area of Best Business Accounting Software, Peachtree Complete Accounting took top honors for the fourth straight year.
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XBRL General Ledger Software Now Available

XBRL.org is releasing XBRL for General Ledger software for public comment. The XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) software, which is XML (eXtensible Markup Language) based allows companies to exchange data on a global basis.
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New .biz Domain Name Hits the Market

The new domain name ".biz" is about to enter the dictionary of the Internet, joining the well-known ".com," ".net," and ".org." VeriSign began accepting applications for the new .biz domain on June 19. Other registry sites are accepting applications as well, or will be soon.Trademark holders will have first rights to the new .biz domains. New domains will not be live on the Internet until after October 1 when trademark issues have been resolved.
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House Leader Plans to Block Online Sales Tax

House Majority Leader Dick Armey has announced he will work to block sales taxes on Internet sales. The ban he foresees would be of a short-term nature. Representative Armey plans to rally support for a three-to-five year ban on Internet sales taxes in conjunction with legislation currently before Congress to make the current ban on Internet access taxes permanent.
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Five Technologies Accountants Should Know

Despite the current recoil from IT spending, there are five good reasons to be bullish about technology. According to today’s conservative wisdom, spending money on computers, communications, and software is about as smart as investing your 401(k) in a dot-com startup.
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The State of E-Business, According to IBM

This is the text of a speech by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technology and strategy, IBM Server Group, addressing the e-business convention and expo in San Jose, California in June.In my talk today I'd like to address the state of e-business, and offer some perspective on what we at IBM see happening.
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Comments Sought on Accounting Software Standards

If you're interested in having a say in how accounting software is chosen and used in the federal government, here is your chance.The federal government is seeking comments on a new document that explains the government's specifications for accounting software.
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AccountingWEB-UK Wins Prestigious Award

AccountingWEB-UK, our sister site, has been awarded the Best Media Business Web Site prize in the 2001 New Media Age Effectiveness Awards.Sponsored by ABC Electronic, the body that audits online subscription and circulation figures, the business media award sought out the best channel for media firms that are looking to extend their businesses via the Web.
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E-Mail to Clients is Spam

E-Mail to Clients is Spam… if you don't obtain their permission first.By Art Kuesel, Marketing Director, Wipfli CPAs & Consultants, Milwaukee, WisconsinToday CPA firms everywhere are e-marketing to their clients, prospects, and referral sources. However, many firms will sabotage themselves and alienate clients if they don't follow the new corporate standards for "permission marketing."What is Permission Marketing?Permission Marketing is obtaining the permission of clients, prospects, and referrals to send e-mail information to them.

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