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Microsoft woos accountants

Following the launch last week of Microsoft Office Accounting 2008, the company has set its sights on the accounting profession.Membership in the Microsoft Professional Accountants' Network (MPAN) is available for free to anyone in the accounting professional and provides accountants with some valuable incentives to start using and recommending the accounting software:One complimentary license of Microsoft Office Accounting ProfessionalFree unlimited support until Septe
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ID theft techniques changing constantly

The most popular ways to steal someone’s identity have nothing to do with the Internet.The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection says that mail theft, dumpster diving, stolen wallets, and other low-tech or no-tech methods are used far more often, with only 10 percent of scammers using the Internet exclusively. According to a 2006 Gartner Research study, last year an estimated 15 million people were victims of identity theft.
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Whaling and spear phishing are latest scams targeting execs

Cybercriminals, no longer satisfied with a sweeping, general approach, are adding another weapon to their arsenal - so-called spear phishing attacks, or scams that are targeted at specific individuals.Not surprisingly, according to security vendor MessageLabs, the latest targets are executives. Finding the names of top executives is easy - they're usually found on company websites. Cybercrimals then do some research on the individuals and write e-mails that directly relate to their role at the company in hopes that they will click on a link, Network World reported.
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Microsoft releases Office Accounting 2008

Microsoft Office Accounting 2008, an enhanced version of the well-received 2007 financial management software for small businesses, is now available. In addition to new features and tools, Office Accounting 2008 has expanded its market distribution to include a bilingual Spanish-English version for the U.S.-based Hispanic market as well as a new product for the United Kingdom.
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Sage makes a Peachtree offer some won't be able to refuse

This week, Sage Software announced the availability of free software for the clients of accountants who are ready to make the switch to Peachtree. Through January 31, 2008, accountants who recommend Peachtree to their clients currently using Intuit's QuickBooks can get Peachtree by Sage Complete Accounting 2008 for the clients for free with proof of ownership of QuickBooks. Customers who then make the switch to Peachtree will also get six months of support free, from the date of registration, with the Guaranteed Start-up Success program.
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Microsoft releases new security guide for Office 2007

In an effort to help Microsoft Office users remain productive and keep data secure, Microsoft has released a new document, 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide, designed to help defeat attacks that target e-mail and desktop documents. The guide offers detailed documentation for securing Office 2007 applications to protect against specially written document files with malicious code hidden within them. It is an unfortunate fact that e-mail attachments, macros, and add-ins can contain viruses or other malware.
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Can resellers make money out of Software-as-a-Service?

The software as a service (SaaS) model represents a fundamental shift in the dynamics of the computer industry. David Bradshaw, principal analyst with the IT market watcher Ovum outlines issues for resellers - which are also relevant for accountancy firms who get involved with SaaS providers. Software products provide the 'feedstock' for a wide range of other players in the overall software and IT services market. The switch to software as a service has profound effects on many of these players.
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A Conversation with Mark Holland: Don't Be Frightened of Software as a Service

Having launched an online accounting service, Revas, Baker Tilly OnLine managing partner Mark Holland urges the accountancy profession to embrace the latest technology tools.Much as it may affront us, there are still those people who subscribe to the old stereotype that accountants are single minded, number crunching, spreadsheet-loving technophobes. While there may be a few who still conform to that image, a great number of us don't as we all realize that technology is continually changing. So too must our profession.
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Yankee Group advisory: SMBs demanding Software-as-a-Service

As small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) increasingly move to Web-based accounting applications deployed in Software as a Service (SAAS) arrangement, CPAs face a key decision on whether to help SMBs make the move or stand by and risk losing clients.
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Salesforce.com customers victimized by phishing scheme

Customer Relationship Management software vender Salesforce.com has sent a letter to its customers, warning that they may be the targets of malicious software or phishing scams, after one of its employees received a phishing e-mail message and was tricked into divulging a corporate password. In addition to obtaining the employee's password, the scammer was able to download a copy of a customer contact list from the unsuspecting Salesforce.com employee. The list included customer first and last names, company names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and other data.
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New Internet Tax Freedom Act becomes law

To no one's surprise, President Bush signed the oddly named Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Acts of 2007 last week, extending the moratorium on Internet access taxes for another seven years. This moratorium has been going on since 1998 and will be 16 years old when those who are in favor of the access taxes once again try to blow out its candles.The vote in Congress was unanimous in favor of the moratorium.
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Scammers hit those who would help wildfire victims

The Internal Revenue Service has warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for a new e-mail scam that appears to be a solicitation from the IRS and the U.S. government for charitable contributions to victims of the recent Southern California wildfires.In an effort to appear legitimate, the bogus e-mails include text from an actual speech about the wildfires by a member of the California Assembly.The scam e-mail urges recipients to click on a link, which then opens what appears to be the IRS Web site but which is, in fact, a fake.
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Dell plays down impact of 2003-06 restatements

Texas-based PC manufacturer Dell this week filed restatements of its 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 annual results to reduce revenue and profit figures that were inflated in the original accounts.
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Excel Compendium: Practical uses for Lookup and Reference functions

Excel's VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH functions can make life a lot easier for accountants.
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Technology generation upgrades: Are educators and employers on the same page?

Information technology (IT) and information systems are pervasive in today’s business environment. CPAs, therefore, have to understand IT processes and controls. What are accounting educators doing to prepare students as they enter an environment in which data moves through computerized accounting packages, intranet portals, or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems? More importantly, though, are accounting educators and professionals even on the same page with respect to IT education?Technology generation upgrades: Are educators and employers on the same page?
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ExcelZone spreadsheet seminar tips: Think first, Excel second

An experienced group of management accountants gathered earlier this year at the Law Society in London for AccountingWEB UK ExcelZone's inaugural seminar on "smarter management reporting with Excel." The event, the first in a series, was sponsored by ExcelZone partner Rugged Logic. ExcelZone contributor Simon Hurst was on hand to pass on tips for smoother working with accounting data and spreadsheets. "Before we get on to the practical stuff, the first thing you need to do when reporting with Excel is to design a good spreadsheet," says Simon Hurst, AccountingWEB contributor.
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IBM expands software line for small and mid-sized businesses

IBM has announced new software and resources to help mid-sized customers more effectively manage the quality of their software and network infrastructures, just like their counterparts in large enterprises. The new software underscores IBM's expanded focus on providing small and mid-sized businesses with the solutions necessary to remain competitive in the market. Typically, IT departments in small and mid-sized businesses lack resources or a formalized IT department to support their operations.
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What is RSS?

RSS means Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a special format based on XML, which was first used to unite headers with web content. In fact, RSS feeds are XML files containing data according to the RSS specification, and usually located on a website.As soon as an RSS feed appears in the Internet, any connected computer can access it. In order for the user to be able to use the RSS feed, he needs special software or services called readers or aggregators.RSS allows users to save their time, however it is rather difficult to create an RSS feed manually.
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Windows loyalists force Microsoft to keep XP in business

The decision to keep the Microsoft XP operating system available till mid-2008 has fuelled suggestions that the expensively developed, but critically challenged, Vista replacement is facing a serious acceptance problem. The company says it's just responding to a trend in which more businesses wait for a hardware change before upgrading software, and that 60 million license sales to date is still respectable. But extending XP is also an insurance against an end-of-life defection from closed Vista to open source.
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Virus Alert: Beware fake Microsoft patch e-mails

Microsoft Security alerts are such a part of computing life that virus writers have now created spoof security alert e-mails to trick users into activating a trojan horse program.

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